Pascal, a small French boy, lives in Africa on the edge of the jungle. The household pets are a chimp, a parrot and a young lioness who is the daughter of the king lion. The animals can talk to each other but not to Pascal. They can hardly begin to comfort him when the lioness must return to the jungle as queen on her father's death. Pascal grieves, he is lost then found in the jungle, he sickens to delirium. There is a fire in the jungle. Badly burned, the lioness returns to deposit her cub with Pascal before going back to lead her own kind. Pascal revives. The idea that love and loyalty can exist between men and animals is very appealing to younger children. This was the theme the author handled with distinction in his Grishka and the Bear. Nevertheless, in this attractive novel for the early grades, translated from the French, it has been sentimentalized to an illogical, even unnatural conclusion, although the children may be willing to suspend their disbelief and revel in the happiness of the ending.