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* OlderThanTheyThink: The basic premise of the story has its roots in the ancient folktale, "The Stonecutter."

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* OlderThanTheyThink: The basic premise of the story has its roots in the ancient folktale, "The Stonecutter."


A boy, feeling as though he has nothing to do, expresses his wish to be a bird so he can fly. From there, a string of creatures from a frog to a mountain express the woes and wishes of their respective lives.

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''The Luckiest One of All'' is a 1982 children's storybook by Creator/BillPeet.

A boy, feeling as though he has nothing to do, expresses his wish to be a bird so he can fly. From there, a string of creatures from a frog to a mountain express the woes and wishes of their respective lives.lives.

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A boy, feeling as though he has nothing to do, expresses his wish to be a bird so he can fly. From there, a string of creatures from a frog to a mountain express the woes and wishes of their respective lives.
!!This book contains examples of the following tropes:
* AnAesop: Everyone's life has its pluses and minuses.
* ComeToGawk: The lion in a zoo resents the crowd of people that gathers to gawk at him if he roars too loud or long. He wishes he could burrow out of sight like a gopher.
* {{Flight}}: A bored boy muses about what fun it must be to be a bird, because of how they can fly so easily.
* GrassIsGreener: Each of the beings or things mentioned in the story have something they don't like about their lives, whether an irritation or a hazard, and wish they could live the life of someone or something else.
* TurtlePower: A fish envies the life of a turtle, because a turtle's shell means it's pretty safe from predators, while the fish is always hiding from other fish bigger than him.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Each of the creatures in the book envies another. The other always points out that there are downsides to its existence.

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