Welcome to the Pride Lands. Home to some of the most glorious animals in Africa. I am Rafiki And I am here to tell the story of Winnie the Pooh and his friends going on a vacation to meet one special lion who lives here. A lion who holds a very dear place in my heart. You can read along with me in your book. Every time you hear this sound: (sound of the harp ring) You will know it is time to turn page. Let us begin now.

Every morning, as the sun peeks over the horizon, a giant rock formation catches the first rays of light. This is Pride Rock, home to my good friend King Mufasa and his lovely wife, Queen Sarabi. On this particular morning, animals from all over the Pride Lands had journeyed to Pride Rock to honour the birth of their newborn cub, Simba.

(harp ringing, page turned)

As part of the celebration, I had a special duty. I cracked open the gourd, dipped my finger inside, and made a mark on Simba's forehead. Then I lifted the furture king up high for all to see. The elephants trumpeted with their trunks, the monkeys jumped up and down, and the zebras stamped their hooves with happiness. Not far from the ceremony, in a cave at the backside of Pride Rock, a scraggly lion with a dark mane grumbled. "Life's not fair. I shall never be king." This was Mufasa's brother, Scar, who was jealous of Simba's position as the next king. Moments later, Mufasa was at the doorway to the cave. "Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba." Zazu, Mufasa's trusted advisor, also appeared. "You should have been first in line!" "I was first in line until the little hairball was born." And with that, Scar stalked out of the cave.

(harp ringing, page turned)

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