This is a great book for kids to read. Very inspiring how Nat can take very humble, ugly circumstances and make the most of it.
When we finish a book we often try to find a movie version to go along with it. But there isn't a Carry on, Mr. Bowditch movie so instead I had them watch an eppisode of Horatio Hornblower. I figured it takes place at about the same time period but it it British and not American. At least it would give them a taste of what life on board a ship would be like at that time. The boys were thrilled by the first episode of this series and wanted to watch the next one. It is a little more violent and brutal than I usually let them watch so I don't know how much farther into the series we will go just now. It is a great series and we have all of them on DVD sitting on our shelf so it is only a matter of time. We will see if they continue their interest.
It just so happens that a nearby city was hosting two 18th century tall ships. This was perfect timing to go along with our reading! (Funny how moms always know which books to pick to go along with cool outings or is it the other way round? Cool outings to go with great books?)