Miss Lollipop had 14 cats, 9 dogs, 3 rabbits, 7 canaries, 4 parakeets, 2 guinea pigs, 5 hamsters and 1 donkey. She was right at a Mother Hubbard crisis point for food and money when a fierce and mangy lion appeared. Miss Lollipop loved animals-- but not uncritically. The lion had to bathe; have his mane beribboned; mend his impolite ways. But all the time she was becoming poorer and more concerned about how to feed the 37 mouths and her own. When the circus man who owns the lion arrives to claim his unruly attraction and finds him tame, he makes Miss Lollipop his trainer and she becomes the best ever. She really is. The illustrations by the author are amusing and children will enjoy the way the lion becomes more civilized as he gets- reluctantly-cleaner, until the ribbon on his mane signifies his total taming. Miss Lollipop addresses him in just the fussy lecturing tone that children use to address their dolls and pets.