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"There's a girt who's a gypsy. She has rings in her ears and she sometimes comes to school in a little wagon."Kizzy Lovell is a gypsy girl. She has her gran and her horse, Joe, and she doesn't need anything else. Then Gran dies, her wagon burns, and Kizzy is left all alone-in a community that hates her.Thirty years after its original publication, Rumer Godden's beloved sto"There's a girt who's a gypsy. She has rings in her ears and she sometimes comes to school in a little wagon."Kizzy Lovell is a gypsy girl. She has her gran and her horse, Joe, and she doesn't need anything else. Then Gran dies, her wagon burns, and Kizzy is left all alone-in a community that hates her.Thirty years after its original publication, Rumer Godden's beloved story of one girl's courage, and how an entire community learns to celebrate differences is now back in print for a new generation of readers to enjoy....

Title : The Diddakoi
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ISBN : 9780670272204
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 149 Pages
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The Diddakoi Reviews

  • Dhanaraj Rajan
    2019-03-26 22:37

    I have never been disappointed reading a piece of children's literature.After reading it, I have always grown fond of characters and have come out enriched and with warm heart.This is no exception. It is a story about a girl who never gave up being herself. In spite of the taunts and bullying by the normal people (her own class mates) she remained what she is. She was not ready to give up anything of her own. She knew how to fight back and she fought back. That is the message of the book. But the execution is simple and moving with many sentimental episodes.SPOILERS AHEADIt is about Diddakoi (half gypsy and half 'normal'). She is like a muggle in Harry Potter's language. She is neither accepted in her own family nor is she accepted by the 'normal' people. She is an orphan and she lives with her great great great grandmother (a gypsy). The welfare authority wants that a small girl should not waste her life and so they make arrangements that she goes to the village school. She is a gypsy in her blood and she hates going to school. Moreover it is a shock for both the 'muggle' and the other students in the school as they both have different understandings of different behaviours. Example: Eating - The muggle taking on the blood of the gypsy side loves to eat with her hands and wiping the hand later on her hair. How she fights back in spite of the loss of her grand mother and being left alone in the normal world forms the rest of the plot. It is a kind of rags to riches story. An excellent story for small children.

  • Rowena
    2019-04-18 23:39

    I first read this book when I was 9 or so and its memory has never left my mind. liked Kizzy, the little Diddakoi (Traveller) girl perhaps because I could subconsciously relate to some of her struggles, especially those of perceived foreignness when one is the only dark-skinned kid in the class. Now that I'm reading this book again as an adult, with all the experience I have regarding culture and such, I am quite amazed that this book which is a kids book would have so much social commentary, also it's now as an adult that I can understand the initial appeal the book held for me. Funny how that works.It was also interesting to see what I had missed as a child, or couldn't possibly have known with my limited education or worldly experience. The foster care system for example, especially how harmful it has been for children of colour and Native Canadian kids, is something that I now know and something that I thought about while reading this book.The social commentary in this book is great and I liked the way Godden introduced a different culture in her book. She shows that not much has changed since the 70s (when this book was written): there are still the ignorant people who don't understand that there are different ways of being, and there are also the people who realize that different doesn't have to mean bad.I will love Kizzy forever.

  • Dorcas
    2019-04-15 03:00

    Cute story about a gypsy girl who lives with her great great great grandmother in a little covered wagon with Joe, the horse. They live contentedly enough til the school board gets involved and makes Kizzy attend public school where she is mercilessly bullied.Enter a kindly benefactor who takes her in when she is sick and orphaned and teaches her that not all humans are the enemy, and even those who are, can change.So it's a short, pleasant read, one I would have enjoyed more while I was in the target age range, around 10-14. But I didn't know Rumer Godden then, mores the pity.

  • Faith Spinks
    2019-04-06 02:03

    When I found The Diddakoi in a box of books from up in the loft I let out a little sound of excitement. I remember loving this book as a child. It is a 1985 edition and falling apart because it has been read so many times over the years. At the end of that day of sorting boxes I couldn't resist it, picked it up and started reading it again. In the early hours of the morning and half way through the book already I forced myself to put it down and get some sleep. Getting home the next day it took some restraint to make dinner before I picked it up again to finish.Kizzy is a diddakoi, a half-gypsy. The other children taunt her and make her time at school miserable. But at home in their wagon with Gran and her horse, Joe, she is happy. But then Gran dies and her life is turned upside down. Their wagon is burned down and Kizzy is all alone. But in fact it is not only Kizzy's life that is turned upside down from this moment on. The book's characters are at times horribly human and at others give such hope. The Diddakoi is beautiful story which had me in tears throughout as Kizzy faces so much trouble and prejudice in her young life and yet is slowely transformed by love and acceptance from some unexpected places. This may be a children's book but it was a joy to read and will definitely remain on my shelf ready for future reads (even if the pages are already falling out). I highly recommend it.

  • Sylvester
    2019-03-25 04:03

    Wonderful dramatisation by the BBC. A perfect book for young adults (and old ones, too). Who wouldn't want to have bonfires at night and sleep in a little wagon? My thanks to Bettie for recommending this - I now have another book to add to my Gypsy theme.

  • Nic
    2019-03-23 00:34

    Oh my word!!!I read this book in primary, and LOVED it. I can't believe I found it here, and I would never have remembered the name if not for that gypsy list.We did this book in 2005 for the subject "Book Studies" and I mean we had to study this book for the whole year. So imagine a less-than-200 page for a whole year. So slow!! I read the whole thing in the first term and had to shut up on the spoiler :P hehe.It would be soooo interesting read this book again!

  • Cindy
    2019-04-07 22:04

    What a grand little story. Loved how they all learned something.

  • Rosemary
    2019-04-21 03:39

    Kizzy is a half-romani girl aged 7 or 8 who has been brought up by her great-great-grandmother. She is first discovered by the authorities and made to go to school, which is not a good experience, and then when the old lady dies she finds her distant romani relatives don't want her and she is not going to be allowed to live on her own. I loved this children's book. There are some great characters - not only Kizzy but the adults too. There are also some well-meaning characters who make mistakes (like Kizzy's teacher). Kizzy herself is not idealized - she doesn't always respond in the best way, and this seemed very realistic. There is a lot of growth in many of the characters and the ending is highly dramatic. I think children aged up to about 10 would love this.

  • Andreas Stavros
    2019-04-19 22:41

    I recently re-read this book 35 years after first discovering it, and it's lost none of its intelligent charm. The story is simple: Kizzy is a young gypsy girl, shoe-horned into a mainstream society riddled with bullies and well-meaning but naive do-gooders, but whose innate determination and pride enables her to survive without losing her dignity or identity. The book was also adapted into a children's TV series in 1976 (which is how I discovered it), but the tale itself is timeless. In short, I thoroughly recommend it to parents who'd like to introduce their youngsters to such subjects as tolerance and diversity, all wrapped up in an absorbing narrative.

  • Susan
    2019-03-20 19:46

    This charming story was written in 1972 and tells of the life of seven year old Kizzy, a young gypsy girl who finds herself totally alone after the death of her Gran. She has all sorts of difficulties with going to school, interacting with the other children and adults and resists conforming to the standards of the town. This is a remarkable story of how the human spririt survives despite all odds and of the generosity and love given to this young girl from some caring people in the town. It is a struggle for Kizzy to accept the kindness of others. With all the recent emphasis on "bullying" in the schools, this would be an excellent book for parents to read with their children. Kizzy is a character that will both break your heart and warm it. You will not be disappointed if you decide to read The Diddakoi.

  • Wes
    2019-04-18 23:46

    A tale about a girl who only wanted to be herself, and everyone's bizarre efforts to force her to blend in.Kizzy was a little gypsy girl, who only wants her wagon, her Gran, and her horse. Sadly, she loses all three. But somehow, no one can understand why Kizzy is upset after losing everything she cares about in the whole world.The schoolchildren torment her, the adults want to punish her when she misbehaves, Kizzy accidentally destroys Olivia's house, but somehow everyone gets exactly what they've always wanted and live happily ever after.Then the book ends with a new girl saying the old, hateful names people used to call Kizzy, only with love and affection. I admire Kizzy; she's very brave and very sure of who she is and what she wants. But most of this book makes no sense.

  • Emmkay
    2019-04-13 03:35

    Oh, how I loved this book when I was small! As an adult, I still remembered fondly this story of a young orphaned traveller child who longs for her caravan and feels a lonely outsider at school and in the village where she is now cared for. Rumer Godden is a lovely writer, but with adult eyes many decades later the story now feels quite dated, including (view spoiler)[the muted adult response to violent school bullying - she was knocked unconscious!, how Kizzy gets to retain her culture in romanticized form via a miniature caravan, the wish fulfillment as she acquires a pretty dress, a pony, and a wealthy family).(hide spoiler)] Ah, well. I did still love the descriptions of the food and the smell of woodsmoke, and I can see how the romance of it all would have swept me along as a child.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-10 03:45

    Having just finished the Maisie Dobbs’ book about gypsies—“An Incomplete Revenge,” I was reminded of this book that I read as an adult back in 1992. It’s about Kizzy, a young half gypsy girl who learns about prejudice when her grandmother dies and she enters the local school where she suffers the taunts and cruelties of her schoolmates. The book, directed at young adults, not only deals with bullying (a topic very much in the news today), but with Romany culture and kindness that reaches across racial barriers.

  • Zen Cho
    2019-03-25 20:49

    See review of Peacock Spring for critique. I did find this enormously satisfying in a lot of ways. I was tremendously invested in the characters, and I liked how Kizzy's trauma and recovery were depicted -- reminded me a lot of Goodnight Mr Tom. I would have loved the book and reread it millions of times as a child, but I'm not really sure about this message in the end that being taken in by Nice White People and having them graciously preserve your ~beautiful culture~ is the answer. Sigh ... it just doesn't seem right.

  • Alisa
    2019-04-16 23:38

    The cover pictured here is in even twee-er than the edition I read. But, really, I haven't enjoyed an actual kid's book this much in a long time. Maybe because it was written a while ago? I read YA all the time, but anything for the tween set and under just seems way way way too young to keep my interest. But reading this was like going back to when books were not only good, but were magic, and were always going to work out all right. I could use more of that.

  • Laura McNeal
    2019-04-06 21:42

    If I had read this book as a child, my hopeless longing for a pony (a fire constantly fed by pony books) could have been joined to a longing for a pony that pulled a gilded red and green wagon, a kind admiral to protect me during a bout of pneumonia, and a little fire in the apple orchard to sit by while I cook my tea. There is no better kind of story than this when you are Kizzy's age, and I wish I could be eight again and find it.

  • Esther
    2019-03-28 02:02

    This is about a gypsy girl whose grandmother dies leaving her an orphan. Themes involve traditions of travellers, bullying, adoption, family, village life, grief and loss. A powerful story about a very convincing set of characters, and how they learn to understand and see the best in Kizzy.

  • Loripdx
    2019-03-22 00:38

    I read this book when I was a young girl and was throughly captivated by the story of the gypsy girl and her life. When I was an adult, I managed to find the book through Powell's used books and now have a copy of the edition I read back in the 1970s (when it was still a "new" book!). Excellent!

  • Amanda
    2019-04-04 00:59

    Was a young girl (preteen?) when I read this and really loved it. Made me wish I had a tiny, perfect caravan and a pony to pull it. Wished I was exotic. Was not exotic but in books could experience lives unlike mine. I love reading!

  • Lindi
    2019-04-18 02:35

    The most interesting thing about this book is that there adults who know that bullying is going on but wait to see if the kids sort it out themselves. This would never happen in a book written today.

  • Sara Uckelman
    2019-04-14 19:34

    I've only ever read one other book by Rumer Godden -- the lovely little The Story of Holly and Ivy, which I loved as a child -- so when I saw this at the library a few weeks ago, I was intrigued.Reading the back cover, you could easily imagine this will be a sad, sordid tale -- Kizzy is bullied, ostracised, her grandmother dies, her dear horse is threatened with the slaughter house. I went in to it not being sure if it would be a story of pathos and drama, leaving one feeling sorrowful for the poor heroine whose deck was always stacked against her. And there is something worthwhile in stories like that, especially in stories for children, but sometimes, especially in stories for children, you just want things to turn out OK, for there to be a happy ending, for everything to work out in the end, and there was a hint from the blurb on the front -- "a wonderful fairy-tale ending" -- that made me think it might just be the latter. The trick, then, for the author, is doing this in a realistic fashion, in a way that doesn't seem cheap or fictional, and Godden does that well in this story. It is a sad story, yes, but it is the ordinary sadness of death and unhappiness, not of feeling that the world is stacked against you every which way you turn. Kizzy is shown love and support in a way that makes the story heart-warming to read but keeps it out of the "Little Orphan Annie" or "Pretty Woman" genre of plot. It only took me an evening to read, and I enjoyed doing so.

  • Andy Angel
    2019-04-21 00:55

    I remember watching this on tv in the mid 1970s and seem to think I read the book then two (but I could be mistaken about the reading - it's nearly 40 years ago and I've been to bed since then. Anyway, it came up in a conversation a few weeks ago and I looked on Amazon.....there it was!The story is not a comfortable read at times, with the heroine Kizzy, the half gypsy 'diddakoi' of the title being bullied at school, losing her home when her Gran dies and so on. (There is more but I won't spoil your read). As a story it does a good job of showing the problems of being 'different' from both sides - some villagers want to help, some have different ideas and Kizzy herself is no angel, biting, fighting and throwing a strop at times.I will say that this book is very much 'of it's time', dark and uncomfortable at times but also, there are times (plenty!) of heart warming joy to be had. I sometimes worry that going back to a beloved story can ruin it by not being as good as you remember. That certainly wasn't the case here

  • Harleychalmers
    2019-04-09 03:02

    A heart warming story of how a community welcomed an orphaned gypsy girl into their hearts. With social clashes and temper tantrums in every chapter this story has an uplifting message of acceptance and accommodation of other cultures. Kizzy is a hard headed little girl who a desperate to uphold her gypsy traditions but is taken in by a wealthy gentleman and a kind hearted young woman. With background stories of unexpected romance and annoying neighbours, Rumer has not only depicted the gypsy tradition and heritage tastefully but has created a beautiful sense of community. As much as I enjoyed this book I do have one criticism and that is the length of the chapters. As a 'read a few chapters before bed' kind of reader I struggled to squeeze in a 30 page chapter in one go.Overall a really lovely story with interesting characters and a beautiful ending.

  • Andy Angel
    2019-03-30 02:37

    Childhood MemoriesI remember watching the tv series of this back in the mid '70s. To be honest I don't remember much of the story but it must have been something special as it stayed in my memory. So When I found out it was available for kindle it was a no-brainer.The story of the young half gypsy Kizzy is not a comfortable read at times. She is bullied and picked on at school and is not trusting of others as she isn't used to them. There are good people in the village too though who want to help if she'll let them into her life.Really, really enjoyed this

  • Tracey
    2019-04-16 22:58

    Who has not been bullied at school? Girls are the worst. And so Kizzy, the little Diddakoi girl of this story finds out.A short sweet story of a child making the transition from the life of a gypsy to living amongst Gorgios, or non gypsies. The ending is somewhat fairytale but still a good tale.

  • Marie
    2019-04-03 21:53

    a wonderful story, told poetically and clearly and will resonate with many kids- gives a glimpse into another time and place, but still relatable to kids of today, especially immigrant kids or kids who feel different at school.. but really anyone--- highly recommended...

  • Annie
    2019-03-24 23:51

    A beautiful story whose lesson is that it's OK to be different. Because of it, I spent much of my childhood wanting to be more different than I was!

  • Stacy
    2019-03-31 19:52

    I liked this story very much about the little gypsy girl. But then again, I have yet to read anything by Rumer Godden I didn't like.

  • Lizzy
    2019-04-14 03:58

    This was my favourite book as a child, I loved this book to pieces. I read it so many times that the pages all fell out. It has a great story line and vibrant characters.

  • Megan Parker
    2019-03-21 03:57

    I can read and re-read this book again and again, a very easy read and a good book.