The dog that made a wedding

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By Rosalind Kerven — Author

This story is a retelling of a folk tale from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Typical of the genre, it reflects the values of the local society, has a repetitive structure, a pattern of three, and the story relies on an animal that talks.

Children will enjoy and appreciate this story most if they have had previous experience of hearing or reading folk and traditional tales from other cultures. They will also need a good grasp of common spelling patterns for long vowel phonemes to be able to decode this text easily. However, the repetitive structure should help.


These teachers’ notes refer to the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 5 to 7, September 2009.

Before reading

  • Explain to the children that this is a folk tale from the African continent. Show where Africa and the Congo are on a globe or a map.
  • Discuss other folk or traditional tales the children know, particularly from parts of Africa, such as the Anansi stories.
  • Explain that these stories were originally passed on orally and this is a retelling. Ask what they might expect in the story – a talking animal, a problem to solve or a task to complete and a happy ending?
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  1. hiba
    on 29 July 2012

    the book

    i really want to read this book pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

    1out of 5
  2. bolaji
    on 10 June 2012

    The dog that made a wedding

    Where can I buy this book?

  3. Victoria Evans
    on 13 May 2010

    finding the text

    Lovely ideas.
    Where can I get this text/ book/ story? Thank you

    5out of 5