Disney's the Lion Kingby Margo Hover, Judy Barnes (Illustrator), Robbin Cuddy (Illustrator)
It was a day of rejoicing on the African plain. A throng of animals had gathered to witness a great event--the presentation of the first cub born to Mufasa, the Lion King, and his queen, Sarabi. An old and wise baboon named Rafiki led the ceremony. Rafiki, the mystic of the Pride Lands, stood on Pride Rock and held the cub high for all to see. The animals below were filled with joy. The little creature held so high was the Pride Land's future King.
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ISBN 0307127923 ¿ This is the second version of Disney¿s The Lion King that I¿ve read and, for the sake of comparison, I¿m going to merge the two reviews. They tell the same story, but this one is a bit better. Hover¿s adaptation includes more detail and flows more smoothly. The illustrations by the team of Judy Barnes and Robbin Cuddy are very good and the mood of the moment is captured in fantastic colors. Simba's birth is cause for celebration in the jungle - the future king is presented to one and all, and all show up. Except, that is, Scar. Scar is Simba's uncle, brother of King Mufasa and, until Simba's birth, next in line for the throne. Scar hatches several plans to get rid of Simba and reclaim his place, finally resorting to killing his brother and encouraging Simba to give in to his guilt and run away. Befriended by Timon and Pumbaa, Simba grows to his full size. He misses his loved ones and, thanks to a chance encounter with his childhood friend Nala and the guidance of Rafiki, Simba returns home to take back his place as king. The other edition: ISBN 0717283534 - This is the Disney's Wonderful World of Reading edition of The Lion King. Because there are so many, and they vary so much, I think it's important not to confuse them. Some parents might be reluctant to introduce their child to the story because of the murder of Simba's father and the later killing of Scar. If that's a concern for you, this book might be best passed by for now. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, even a step above Disney's usual standard excellence. The story is very slightly disjointed because it's condensed, but the high points are covered and those who have seen the movie will have no trouble following. On the other hand, those who haven't seen the movie might not even notice what's missing! Either way, a chance to read with your child should never be missed and a wonderful Disney tale is always worthwhile. - AnnaLovesBooks