The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden

A Timeless Classic

The Diddakoi  by Rumer Godden is a powerful children’s novel for ages ten and over. It is a timeless classic for all.

The reader witnesses how hard it can be to fit in at school when you are seen as different. Children, especially girls, can be cruel but they do have the capacity to be kind too.

It is important to remember our heritage and to keep it alive.

Loss hurts, especially when it seems that everything you know has been taken from you. Seven year old Kizzy needs love, patience and care to heal. She needs people around her who understand her needs.

We see the bonds of love between Kizzy and her horse Joe. There are some very touching moments.

I watched the BBC adaptation of The Diddakoi (entitled Kizzy) in 1976. It is a story that has stayed with me over the years but I have never read the book until now.

The Diddakoi is a powerful read with lessons for us all to learn, no matter how old we are. I loved it.

JULIA WILSON

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