Amusingly cartooned illustrations in black and white touched with red portray the ""Six blind men of Indostan"" and their famous encounter with the elephant. The author illustrator has made a simplified version of the John Godfrey Saxe poem. It is considerably shorter and chants aloud well. (Last year, Paul Galdone's beautifully illustrated The Blind Men and the Elephant appeared -- 1963, p. 104, J-38 -- which gave the full Saxe version.) The size and price indicate this book's potential as a pick-up item in bookstores.