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I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew Hardcover – August 12, 1965
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one of his lesser known books, it is one that has always given me courage to go on in the face of the worst moments. if akin to any other of his books, it would be that penultimate masterpiece "oh the places you'll go", but truthfully i prefer "solla sollew".
a great book for kids and grownups.
The story opens with a happy, carefree young furry creature with a tail in the Valley of Vung starting to have problems because he gets careless and doesn't look around. Discouraged by these setbacks, he is all ears when a chap on a One-Wheeler Wubble comes along and says that there's never any trouble in the City of Solla Sollew, and offers take him there. The trip turns out to be very arduous and difficult. Finally at Solla Sollew, a new problem arises. From this experience, he decides to be more proactive in the future. "Now my troubles are going, To have trouble with me!"
Like all of the Dr. Seuss books, this one is enlivened by hilarious creatures, dramatic and colorful illustrations, and a pleasant rhyming scheme that uses funny names to aid the rhymes.
One of the most difficult lessons for people to learn is that we carry the seeds of all our problems and opportunities around with us. Simply changing the scenery may not be enough, if our old ways of thinking still guide us. If you are somewhat depressed and see no opportunity in one place, even in an earthly paradise you can still experience life the same way.
Many people go through life looking for the perfect mate, house, and job, only to be constantly disappointed. In I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, that voyage toward perfection can be quickly experienced and the lesson learned. Here is where a parent can make a big difference. You need to share some experiences in your own life where you lived this story, and share what you learned as a result. In this way, you can help you child in later years by providing an alternative perspective and reminding her or him or this story. "Are you going to Solla Sollew?Read more ›
The story is about a fellow who has troubles and so goes looking for the beautiful city of �Solla Sollew, on the banks of the beautiful river wha-hoo, where they never have troubles, at least very few!� Well, as you can imagine, he has a terrible time getting to Solla Sollew�flood ands wars and wild beasts�and when he finally gets there, he discovers that the advantages of Solla Sollew have been somewhat exaggerated. He ends up going back home with a new attitude. The story isn�t any different than many similar stories, but the rhymes are particularly lyrical, the artwork particularly funny. I pull it out every few months and read it, and I laugh every time.
Aside from the fun that is typical of Dr. Seuss, this book provides the foundations for critical thought that humans must develop to succeed. When offered the opportunity to travel to the city of Boola Boo Ball, "where they never have troubles, no troubles at all," the protagonist "does some quick thinking inside of [his] head." He foregoes this "paradise" in favor of his home land, the Valley of Vung, knowing full well he is likely to meet with many of the troubles he encountered traveling to Solla Sollew. Considering his disappointment upon arriving at Solla Sollew (where the prophecy of very few troubles turned out to be false) his decision was truly inspired. Bravo, Lad!
Now that my best friend has two little ones (a 3-year-old and an eight-month-old), I wanted to share this book with her and her children so they could potentially experience the same delight and wonder that I recall. I'm also expecting my first, and will have to order a second copy to have for my own collection!
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Needed this book for a theatre audition, and the kindle version was great!Published 1 month ago by Butterfly
The first Dr. Seuss book I remember owning as a kid. I read it over and over. Good message, typical colorful, trippy illustrations and places.Published 2 months ago by Ms. B
This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss classic books, but it seems to be less well-known!
I highly recommend it, especially if you loved Oh, The Places You'll Go!. Read more
I don't think I ever read this Dr. Seuss before buying it, it likeitPublished 3 months ago by Linda M Wichelmann