The Lion and the Ox
I had found another copy of this book twenty-four years ago. This copy is identical except for the different color -- and material? -- of the cover. This copy has a partially sun-bleached green cover. Its black cover ink does not have a glossy finish. That other copy has a gray cloth cover with glossy black in. As I wrote then, it is curious that there is no teller at all acknowledged for this story. I am also amazed to find this account of Bidpai's Shanzaba story in an American kids' book from so long ago years ago! This copy is without the penciling on the copy found earlier, and it has no torn pages. Very few fables are included within the story; I notice only "The Serpent and the Crow" on 12 and "The Rich Man's Parrot" on 32. The black-and-white art is simple and strong. The best illustrations may be of Dimna whispering in Shanzaba's ear on 17 and of the first encounter of battle on 21. Shanzaba dies proclaiming his innocence. The lion carries the guilt, while Dimna fears that Kaleel will betray him and thus discusses the matter. The leopard listens in. Dimna stands down all accusers in court until the leopard reports on the overheard conversation.