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Alan Marshall (1902 - 1984) was born in Noorat, Australia. At the age of six, he went down with polio, which left him, as it left so many others in that pre-vaccination age, with physical difficulties that remained with him throughout his life, and which  eventually led to the amputation of his right leg. His book I Can Jump Puddles (1955) was, in essence, the story of his childhood: a happy time where despite his disability, he learned to swim, and to ride. The book was reprinted many times, and is still in print today.


I Can Jump Puddles was not his only book: it had two sequels. He also wrote articles and short stories, and collected and published indigenous Australian tales.


Finding the book: easy. It has been reprinted many, many times, and I’m sure there are more editions out there than I have listed.

Sources and links
Alan Marshall on Wikipedia
A tribute to Alan Marshall




I Can Jump Puddles

F W Cheshire, Melbourne, 1955, 225 pp.

Secker & Warburg, London, 1956, 225 pp

World Publishing Co, Cleveland, 1957, 243 pp, illus Alison Forbes

Lloyd O'Neil, Australia, 1972

Penguin, Peacock, London, 1973 pb

F W Cheshire, Melbourne, 1981, pb.

Chivers, Bath, 1983, 362 pp (large print)

Longman, London, 1980 (abridged)

Puffin Books, 1989




Alan Marshall

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