Carry On, Mr. Bowditch -used in teaching history and literature.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is probably one of the best books I have seen for teaching the colonization and development of the United States. A great historical fiction piece that all students (and adults) will love!
“Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.” Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the “Sailors’ Bible”), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.”
Latham, J.L. (2003). Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. HMH Books for Young Readers: Boston, Massachusetts.