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.
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.
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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).