The Donkey and The Lion
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti 3 .
PZ8.2.I533 Don 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of twenty in the series, found near the counter as we were settling up a large order of books. The donkey, a friend of the lion, brays loudly at some wolves while the lion is silent. The donkey is proud of the way he has terrified the wolves. The lion admonishes him that it was only because of the lion that they were terrified. Never bray loudly at the wolves when you are all alone, he admonishes. They will tear you to pieces. This version adds a strange moral: Don't show bravery when outnumbered. Usually the point is more something like Don't mistake how others perceive you. The lion usually says something more satirical like If I hadn't known you, I would have become scared myself! Slick computer-generated art on sixteen pages of a pamphlet.