Another of those books that make it difficult for the reader to decide if it is adult or juvenile. Its subject matter seems definitely juvenile:- the rather pixie development of a little Indian growing up in a kindergarten near Calcutta -- and his anthropomorphic love for a beguiling under-sized elephant named Mohan, his compatability with the peacocks and monkeys in the grove, his battle with a group of juvenile delinquents who wish to carry him off and make a little girl out of him... But there are also adult visits to the bookbinder and philosophical meanderings, fable telling, emphasis on morals, mores and the proper code of ethics to be followed by well-brought-up Indian children. There are charming Milne-ish bits here and there -- and a serenity that is reminiscent of The Secret Garden. Poetry in both the original and translation- and interesting white on black illustrations by Shrimati Arnakali E. Carlile, add flavor to the text.