Yertle the Turtle, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1958.
Poor Yertle: He wanted to be king of all he could survey, so he climbed on the back of more and more other turtle to get higher and higher to survey more and more. Finally, the stack of turtle backs gave out and Yertle was dumped in the mud, and that was all he could survey.
Hmmmm. Not too hard to read a deeper message in that.