'The Lioness and the Fox', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989, page 125.The text:
The Lioness and the Fox
There was a competition among all the animals, about which one could boast of the largest family. So a fox, who was their spokesman, came to the Lioness, and criticised her for only having one cub at a time. “Yes, only one,” said the Lioness, grimly; but that one is a lion.”
Moral: Judge merit by quality rather than quantity.
Text: JVL (2014).
Selected parallels: L’Estrange 1/122. Chambry 194. Perry 257. TMI J281.1.