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Issue Details: First known date: 1955 1955
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I Can Jump Puddles is Alan Marshall's story of his childhood, a happy world in which, despite his crippling poliomyelitis, he plays, climbs, fights, swims, rides and laughs. His world was the Australian countryside early last century: rough-riders, bushmen, farmers and tellers of tall stories, a world held precious by the young Alan Marshall. (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y Uz Zase Skacu Pres Kaluze Ota Hofman , Karel Kachyna , Prague : Film Studio Barrandou , 1970 Z1046274 1970 single work film/TV

This cinematic adaptation of Alan Marshall's autobiography I Can Jump Puddles transfers the setting from the Australian outback to a stud farm in the picturesque countryside of Moravia at the turn of the century (when Moravia is still a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). The narrative focuses on Adam, the energetic son of a horse trainer, who contracts polio and is hospitalised. His own courage and the love of his parents help him accept his inability to walk without crutches. But he is still determined to fulfil his dream of riding a horse, and he persuades his friends to help him in secret.

form y I Can Jump Puddles Cliff Green , Sonia Borg , Roger Simpson , Sydney : ABC Television , 1981 Z1297737 1981 series - publisher film/TV

The inspirational boyhood story of Alan Marshall, born in rural Victoria in the early 1900s. As a young child, Marshall contracted poliomyelitis (polio), which left him crippled. He made it his goal to try to overcome his physical disability and live a normal life.

For a detailed, episode-by-episode synopsis, see Film Details.

Notes

  • Dedication: To my daughters, Hephzibah and Jennifer, who can jump puddles too
  • Also published in abridged form in a Reader's Digest Condensed Book (1972), and in a Spanish translation by Alberto Rumschisky in Selecciones del Reader's Digest (1975). Also abridged and simplified by Anne Kohler, in the series Longman Structural Readers (1980).

  • Adapted for a film in Czechoslovakia by director, Karel Kachyna, in 1970; and an ABC Television series in 1981.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording and large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Berlin,
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      Seven Seas , 1966 .
      Extent: 243p.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Longman Cheshire , 1971 .
      Extent: 243p.
      Reprinted: 1972 twice , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1977 , 1978 , 1979
      Note/s:
      • Redesigned and reset 1971.
      ISBN: 0701514027
    • Hawthorn, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lloyd O'Neil , 1972 .
      Extent: 225p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0855503203
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Penguin Books , 1974 .
      Extent: 243p.
      ISBN: 0140470794 (pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Allen Lane , 1981 .
      Extent: 225p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0713914270
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Puffin , 1983 .
      Extent: 243p.
      ISBN: 0140316515
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin , 1983 .
      Extent: 243p.
      Reprinted: 1989
      ISBN: 0140328629
  • Appears in:
    y Great Australian Writers [Vol. 1] London : Octopus Publishing Group , 1987 Z1291016 1987 anthology novel autobiography London : Octopus Publishing Group , 1987
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 2004 .
      Extent: 248p.
      ISBN: 0143003046
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
      8655509287996247043.jpg
      Image courtesy of Penguin Books
      Extent: 314p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 20/03/2013
      ISBN: 9780670076840
      Series: y Penguin Australian Children's Classics Melbourne : Penguin , 2012- 6153702 2012 series - publisher children's fiction
Alternative title: Ich bin dabei! : Aus dem Leben eines tapferen Australierbuben
Language: German
Notes:
This translation republished several times.

Works about this Work

26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
Radical Nationalism and Socialist Realism in Alan Marshall's Autobiographical Writing John McLaren , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 36 no. 2 2012; (p. 229-244)
'Alan Marshall's work has either been neglected or has been discussed in the context of its contribution to the Australian identity or as an example of Australian autobiography. This essay examines his early novel and his three directly autobiographical works to argue that he uses his studies of popular Australian values to develop a basis for an inclusive Australian democracy. The argument of the essay is that the socialist realist doctrines of the Realist Writers Group and his bush background influence his choice of voice and form, but that the politics of his work has been overlooked. This, as well as his reputation as a popular author, accounts for the unjust critical neglect of his work.' (Publisher's abstract)
Where Certainty Lies : His Father's World Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 177-197)
'Some thoughts about the values inherent in Alan Marshall's writing.' (Author's note.)
Communicative Clashes in Australian Culture and Autobiography Susan Tridgell , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Auto/Biography , December vol. 14 no. 4 2006; (p. 285-301)
'Some life-writing critics have pointed to a paradox in Australian autobiography: that of memoir writers paying tribute to their subjects in ways which those subjects would not understand or agree with. In this article, I focus on one facet of this paradox, looking at how various styles of communication are represented in autobiographies. What happens when a highly articulate autobiographer attempts to represent the communicative style of a subject who does not share or value the autobiographer's discursive style? This article surveys a variety of strategies which autobiographers have used, some of which are open to the possibility of valuing a minimalist style of communication, while others condemn it as inarticulate and inexpressive. These varying attitudes connect to a broader cultural debate in Australia. In this debate, an older rural style of communication, which values minimal verbal communication and emotional inexpressivity, is pitted against a more recent urban-based style of communication, which values emotional expressivity and expansive commentary. Intriguingly, this rural speech style (seemingly the antithesis of the autobiographer's art) is represented and valued as an art form by some Australian autobiographers.' -- Publication abstract.
Surveillance : Manufactured Paranoia Antonia Hildebrand , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Polestar , December no. 11 2005; (p. 63-65)
Alan Marshall : Trapped in His Own Image John McLaren , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 1 no. 2 2004; (p. 85-99)
Alan Marshall ... wrote for a popular audience, to which he conveyed an image of the ordinary Australian as a decent, egalitarian battler, suspicious of authority but always ready to help his mates ... he also created an image of himself as one of them who had, helped by his rural community, overcome the particular disadvantage of infantile paralysis with courage and good humour ... Toward the end of his life, however, he published a collection of stories that show a dark underside of violence and brutality beneath the surface geniality. Far from destroying the earlier image of the Australian, however, these stories discover a strength by which his people endured their darkness.' (p.85)
Untitled Claire Bentley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 18 no. 3 2004; (p. 65)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Introduction - What's Your Disability? Glen Tomasetti , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oyster Grit : Experiences of Women with Disabilities 2000; (p. 7-9)
The Heroic Type in Australian Nationalist Autobiography Joan Newman , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 1992; (p. 175-184)
Alan Marshall's Autobiographical Trilogy John Colmer , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Autobiography : The Personal Quest 1989; (p. 16-31)
The Writer 'Jimmy Saks' , 1988 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Migrant Mosaic 1988; (p. 51-52)
Discontinuous Autobiography : Some Work of Alan Marshall and Bruce Beaver John McLaren , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Autobiographical and Biographical Writing in the Commonwealth 1984; (p. 147-151)
Alan Marshall's Last Interview Peter Baster , 1984 single work biography
— Appears in: Overland , September no. 96 1984; (p. 25-26)
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Australian : Childhood, Literature and Myth Richard N. Coe , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 41 no. 2 1981; (p. 126-162)
Alan Marshall 1902- Graeme Kinross-Smith , 1980 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australia's Writers 1980; (p. 217-223)
The Essence of Mateship Nancy Keesing , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 March vol. 94 no. 4797 1972; (p. 47-48)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
The Writer and the Swagman John Morrison , 1969 single work biography
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 42 1969; (p. 15-21) Australian by Choice 1973; (p. 71-86) The Happy Warrior 1987; (p. 15-30)
Untitled Vance Palmer , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 14 no. 4 1955; (p. 584-585)

— Review of No Roads Go By Myrtle Rose White 1932 single work autobiography ; I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography ; Beyond the Western Rivers Myrtle Rose White 1955 single work autobiography
Alan Marshall's Story Judah Waten , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 5 1955; (p. 33)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Portrait of Self-Reliance in the Bush A. A. Phillips , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Voice , November vol. 4 no. 1955; (p. 28)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Untitled Claire Bentley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 18 no. 3 2004; (p. 65)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Untitled Vance Palmer , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 14 no. 4 1955; (p. 584-585)

— Review of No Roads Go By Myrtle Rose White 1932 single work autobiography ; I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography ; Beyond the Western Rivers Myrtle Rose White 1955 single work autobiography
Alan Marshall's Story Judah Waten , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 5 1955; (p. 33)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Portrait of Self-Reliance in the Bush A. A. Phillips , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: Voice , November vol. 4 no. 1955; (p. 28)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Home-Made Miracles M. G. S. , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 21 December vol. 76 no. 3958 1955; (p. 2)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Untitled Kylie Tennant , 1955 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 October 1955; (p. 10)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
The Essence of Mateship Nancy Keesing , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 March vol. 94 no. 4797 1972; (p. 47-48)

— Review of I Can Jump Puddles Alan Marshall 1955 single work autobiography
Alan Marshall : Trapped in His Own Image John McLaren , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 1 no. 2 2004; (p. 85-99)
Alan Marshall ... wrote for a popular audience, to which he conveyed an image of the ordinary Australian as a decent, egalitarian battler, suspicious of authority but always ready to help his mates ... he also created an image of himself as one of them who had, helped by his rural community, overcome the particular disadvantage of infantile paralysis with courage and good humour ... Toward the end of his life, however, he published a collection of stories that show a dark underside of violence and brutality beneath the surface geniality. Far from destroying the earlier image of the Australian, however, these stories discover a strength by which his people endured their darkness.' (p.85)
Communicative Clashes in Australian Culture and Autobiography Susan Tridgell , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Auto/Biography , December vol. 14 no. 4 2006; (p. 285-301)
'Some life-writing critics have pointed to a paradox in Australian autobiography: that of memoir writers paying tribute to their subjects in ways which those subjects would not understand or agree with. In this article, I focus on one facet of this paradox, looking at how various styles of communication are represented in autobiographies. What happens when a highly articulate autobiographer attempts to represent the communicative style of a subject who does not share or value the autobiographer's discursive style? This article surveys a variety of strategies which autobiographers have used, some of which are open to the possibility of valuing a minimalist style of communication, while others condemn it as inarticulate and inexpressive. These varying attitudes connect to a broader cultural debate in Australia. In this debate, an older rural style of communication, which values minimal verbal communication and emotional inexpressivity, is pitted against a more recent urban-based style of communication, which values emotional expressivity and expansive commentary. Intriguingly, this rural speech style (seemingly the antithesis of the autobiographer's art) is represented and valued as an art form by some Australian autobiographers.' -- Publication abstract.
Introduction - What's Your Disability? Glen Tomasetti , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oyster Grit : Experiences of Women with Disabilities 2000; (p. 7-9)
Surveillance : Manufactured Paranoia Antonia Hildebrand , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Polestar , December no. 11 2005; (p. 63-65)
Where Certainty Lies : His Father's World Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 177-197)
'Some thoughts about the values inherent in Alan Marshall's writing.' (Author's note.)
Radical Nationalism and Socialist Realism in Alan Marshall's Autobiographical Writing John McLaren , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 36 no. 2 2012; (p. 229-244)
'Alan Marshall's work has either been neglected or has been discussed in the context of its contribution to the Australian identity or as an example of Australian autobiography. This essay examines his early novel and his three directly autobiographical works to argue that he uses his studies of popular Australian values to develop a basis for an inclusive Australian democracy. The argument of the essay is that the socialist realist doctrines of the Realist Writers Group and his bush background influence his choice of voice and form, but that the politics of his work has been overlooked. This, as well as his reputation as a popular author, accounts for the unjust critical neglect of his work.' (Publisher's abstract)
The Writer 'Jimmy Saks' , 1988 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Migrant Mosaic 1988; (p. 51-52)
Alan Marshall 1902- Graeme Kinross-Smith , 1980 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australia's Writers 1980; (p. 217-223)
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Australian : Childhood, Literature and Myth Richard N. Coe , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 41 no. 2 1981; (p. 126-162)
Discontinuous Autobiography : Some Work of Alan Marshall and Bruce Beaver John McLaren , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Autobiographical and Biographical Writing in the Commonwealth 1984; (p. 147-151)
Alan Marshall's Last Interview Peter Baster , 1984 single work biography
— Appears in: Overland , September no. 96 1984; (p. 25-26)
The Heroic Type in Australian Nationalist Autobiography Joan Newman , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 1992; (p. 175-184)
The Writer and the Swagman John Morrison , 1969 single work biography
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 42 1969; (p. 15-21) Australian by Choice 1973; (p. 71-86) The Happy Warrior 1987; (p. 15-30)
Alan Marshall's Autobiographical Trilogy John Colmer , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Autobiography : The Personal Quest 1989; (p. 16-31)
26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
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