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The Luckiest One of All is a 1982 children's storybook by Bill Peet.

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:

  • An Aesop: Everyone's life has its pluses and minuses.
  • Come to Gawk: 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.
  • Grass Is Greener: 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.
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  • Turtle Power: 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.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: 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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