It amazed me that they would imagine I would never walk again. I knew what I was going to do. I was going to break in wild horses and yell ‘Ho! Ho!’ and wave my hat in the air, and I was going to write a book like The Coral Island.
Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. 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.
I Can Jump Puddles is one of Australia’s best loved books, and is known around the world. It was made into an award-winning film by Czechoslovakian director Karel Kachyna in 1970.