Stories of a tiny segment of India in the province of Orissa -- stories gleaned by observation, by listening, by sharing with the people of high degree and low that strange intimacy of communion that exists between people- simple people- and animals. These are folk tales rather than fairy tales, though there's often something of magic in them, more often something of poetry, and always the feel of the land and the people themselves. One gets to know Dev Raj, the Maharajah's elephant; one can almost share the delight of the Maharani and her ladies, as the does and their fawns joined them for their forest walks; but best of all, perhaps, are the vignettes of country people and the animals, the birds, even the snakes in their midst. A beautiful piece of book-making, with exquisite decorative drawings by Vera Bock. Not a book for a wide general market, but a book for the discriminating, who are interested in India, and the folk tales of people today.