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Yertle the Turtle

Ultimately destroyed by his delusions of grandeur, Yertle the Turtle ($15) is so power hungry that he demands his loyal turtle subjects stack themselves up, enabling him to perch on top, claiming "I’m ruler of all that I see. But I don’t see enough. That’s the trouble with me." Written in 1958, Yertle is believed to represent Adolf Hitler's totalitarian regime, but as a symbol of evil dictators, Yertle works for all the biggies — Stalin, Mussolini, and Hussein.