Thunder and Lightning
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Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

When Fowls Were Lords


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Have you ever wondered why thunder and lightning come from the sky? Well, here's the reason why.

Thunder and Lightning is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


Long ago, Thunder and Lightning lived on the Earth as a mother sheep and her son. The young son, Lightning, was handsome, but short-tempered, and often threw angry fits where his eyes would flash great forks and set fire to the undergrowth. Whenever Lightning would do this, Thunder would yell at him, and her voice would shake the earth, frightening the other animals.

Alarmed by the behavior of the sheeps, the animals went to the Great Spirit for help, and he in turn banished Thunder and Lightning from the forest to live on the savanna. This only angered Lightning, whose eyes flashed and set fire to the undergrowth, prompting a ground-shaking outburst from his mother.

Once more, the Great Spirit told the sheep to leave, this time for the desert. Once there, Lightning grew enraged and set fire to the few plants that grew on the desert. In her rage, Thunder yelled at him and scared off all the other animals. Finally, the Great Spirit banished them to the sky, where they continue to rage and rumble today.



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