Book #25: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is very familiar to me as this was my third time reading it.  I needed to read it for an online class I was taking and decided for this time around, I’d read it aloud to my 11- and 8-year-old kids.  I wondered what they would think, considering the advanced vocabulary about navigation, math and sailing, but they didn’t mind.  They loved it.  That’s the sign of a great story, that despite the aspects that were over their heads, they identified with the characters and were invested in what happened to them.

There were several times that my kids would bring up something that had happened in the story and apply it to their lives.  My favorite occasion was when my daughter brought up the story of how Elizabeth said Nat would snap at people who didn’t think as quickly as him, like bumping into a chair in the dark.  She applied it to something she was trying to explain and stated she was being like Nat and how she didn’t want to do that.  This was a humbling moment for Nat in the book and I loved how my daughter recognized that.

A classic story, a wonderful read-aloud, and a favorite at my house.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars, but for a lame reason.  The navigation terminology bogs me down a bit. 4 1/2 stars, how about that?


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