A gay, family story of a burro from Mexico, living on the Pebble's farm in Connecticut. Chula, the burro, has a loud voice, and presents certain very real problems, but Mr. Moon from the Washington Zoo helps turn her into a useful burro, and her misdeeds are forgiven at a lovely birthday party where she gives all the small guest rides. Despite occasional lapses into a slightly precious flavor, the story is really funny and has very credible and likeable people. Hilda Van Stockum is not successful in the type of illustrations she has done for this book; too bad she couldn't use her tried and true techniques. These seem dated and wooden, for a text which is a successful first venture for third and fourth graders into full length stories.