Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper

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Folks say that when Sam Patch was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms. That was just the beginning! As a young boy working at a cotton mill, he jumped off the mill roof into the river below. When he was older, he jumped off cliffs and a ship, earning a reputation as a true daredevil. Then on October 17, 1829, Sam jumped ...
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Overview

This captivating picture book about a nineteenth century daredevil will have young readers hopping with excitement.

Folks say that when Sam Patch was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms. That was just the beginning! As a young boy working at a cotton mill, he jumped off the mill roof into the river below. When he was older, he jumped off cliffs and a ship, earning a reputation as a true daredevil. Then on October 17, 1829, Sam jumped into Niagara Falls! News of his death-defying leaps swept the nation-and Sam Patch jumped right into American legend.
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Publishers Weekly

Once again bringing the high jinks of a lesser-known daredevil to light, Cummins (Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills) chronicles the short life of early-19th-century stuntman Sam Patch. "Folks say that when he was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms," the author invitingly opens. The conversational style briskly moves the tale from Sam's childhood jumping exploits to the showstopping stunts of his brief but world-famous career. Austin's (The Horned Toad Prince) sepia-infused acrylics set a tone alternating between whimsical and haunting. The dynamic illustrations make exaggerated use of light and perspective. In one spread, readers look up at the soles of Sam's boots as he plummets from a ship's masthead; in another, Sam steps from a cliff ledge right out of the picture and into the pages' white space. A long black scarf (Sam's trademark) partially borders each illustration, while the darkening palette portends the abrupt ending to the book (and Sam's life). Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
Sam Patch was an early 19th-century daredevil and showman, a "born jumper" who became a national folk hero. The book traces his lifelong obsession, from jumping off "a fence, a ladder, a shed" as a young boy, to ever higher jumps until his last, from the 125-foot Genesee Falls in New York. The closing pages of the book describe this ill-fated, Friday-the-thirteenth leap when, instead of his usual straight, sure dive, "his arms and legs flailed about like pinwheels." The crowd was horrified as "Sam's body struck the water hard—and never surfaced." A farmer finds his frozen body several months later, and 22-year-old Patch is buried in a cemetery near the falls. The book ends with the folk legend that at twilight on November 13 at the falls, you can see him "poised on a rock, ready to jump." The story, related in folk-tale style (e.g., "Folks say that when he was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms") moves briskly and includes quotes backed up by source notes. The backmatter also includes a historical note and a selected bibliography. The expressive illustrations, rendered in subdued and increasingly somber tones, convey the heart-stopping heights of Patch's jumps. His signature black sash decorates the border of each page. Young daredevils and those who like folk tales or exciting, slightly spooky stories will enjoy this book. Some children might be upset by the description of Patch's premature death or by his odd practice of hurling his pet bear over a cliff (though the bear "swam safely to the bank"). Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
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The true story of daredevil jumper Sam Patch (1807-1829) begins like a tall tale. "Folks say that when he was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms." He earned the nickname the Jersey Jumper by jumping into Passaic Falls and repeated the same feat a year later. By twice jumping into Niagara Falls, Sam Patch became a national hero as well as a showman. He set the stage for his jump into Genesee Falls near Rochester, NY, by first pushing his pet bear into the water 100 feet below and waiting until the bear swam to shore before jumping himself. Sam Patch performed his last jump on Friday, November 13, 1829. After climbing to a 25-foot platform built above Genesee Falls and knotting his black silk handkerchief around his waist, he leaped but never surfaced. His frozen body was discovered in the icy river the following March. With careful documentation balancing her storyteller's voice, Cummins presents a daredevil who became a folk hero. Austin's sepia-toned acrylic paintings and unusual perspectives reinforce Sam Patch's larger-than-life image. For those building their tall-tale collections, this is a lively addition.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Sam Patch was a real person who found fame (and an early death) by jumping from dangerous heights. Here he receives renewed attention in this odd, lively tale. Finding the prospect of working in the mills unappealing, Sam turned to jumping from the falls that powered them in town after town-and even Niagara-ultimately perishing as he tried to one-up himself at a falls near Rochester, N.Y. The fact that Sam once pushed a pet bear into the river before jumping in himself may give animal lovers pause, but in general the details that Cummins highlights should help readers picture Sam's early 19th-century world. Austin's illustrations likewise are appropriately energetic. Exaggerated features and odd perspectives emphasize Sam's lanky frame and the daring heights to which he aspired. The abrupt and anticlimactic end, however, may cause readers to wonder what the book is trying to say. Sam's story proves that people have long been fascinated by those who willingly risk harm-but that is hardly news. This brief biography of one particular historical daredevil seems poorly suited to the picture-book format and audience. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417414
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Cummins was coordinator of children's services for the New York Public Library for several years. Her thrilling biographies for children have received excellent reviews, with School Library Journal calling her writing "spellbinding." She lives thirty miles south of where Sam made his last jump, in upstate New York.

Michael Allen Austin is the award-winning illustrator of several children's books. Publishers Weekly has exclaimed that his illustrations are "wild and wily," and Booklist has called his art "unusual and exuberant." His website is austinillustration.com.
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