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Children's LiteratureA small mouse observes a game of tug-of-war in the local playground. He thinks it looks like such fun that he takes the idea to his friends in the nearby woods. Using the rope left behind by the children in the playground, the animals proceed to tug. Mouse realizes the importance of both sides being equal just as the children had said as they played. The romp continues as a bobcat, a wolf, a rabbit, a deer, and a turtle also come by to join the game. The animals try several methods to have equal teams on each side of the rope, finally the seesaw helps them decide the weight for equally dividing the teams. This is a fun math adventure that will have kids chuckling as they read along. The animals are cute and laughable. The surprise ending will leave the reader with a smile in his/her face. The various definitions of the word equal are given on the last page. 2005, Charlesbridge, Ages 5 to 10.