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I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew Hardcover – August 12, 1965

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Our nameless hero--a typical Seuss hybrid who's part bear, part puppy, and part beyond categorization--has an innocent, carefree life, until it's ruined by minor problems. With a toe stubbed, and a tail bitten by a Quilligan Quail ("And I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, and some come from behind"), he sets out on an ill-fated journey to find a better, less troublesome place: the fabled city of Solla Sollew, no less, "on the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo,/ Where they never have troubles. At least very few." Like most dreamlands, Solla Sollew is harder to attain than expected--nobody seems to know how to get there, and the journey is far worse than anyone anticipated. When the fair city is finally attained there is, of course, a last straw; but a happy twist suggests troubles may be better faced than escaped. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr


"Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses." The Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (August 12, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800929
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lapin on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
back in college when i re-discovered the wonders of dr. seuss, this was the book that got me in trouble with my prof for my outrageous suggestion that dr. seuss was one of the finest writers of 20th century america. now that may not seem *so* radical an idea in 2000, but back in 1975 it was sacrilege!
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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for the child who is never satisfied, or is too easily discouraged.
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?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a child, someone read this book to me only once, and I looked for it ever afterward. It seemed more magical, somehow, than all the other Doctor Sues books. In college, I stumbled across it again and bought it. It�s still one of my favorites�a great pick-me-up if you�re feeling beat, definitely good for college students.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I almost regret that my 2 1/2 year old is so well read. This may be the most enjoyable book I've ever read. Alas, he has too many other books to keep my appetite for Solla Sollew sated.
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!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Burk on December 2, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This book in on my short list of favorites of any kind. It is right up there with Tom Sawyer, Hawaii, Captains Courageous, Gone with the Wind, ... So if you want to entertain the little ones and plant a seed in their minds that will do them some good when they decide how to live their lives, there is only one book better to read to them from.
I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew shares insight most of us take a lifetime to learn. Trying to avoid our troubles only leads to more trouble. The things we acquire and use to cope with troubles are more trouble than aid. Not everyone who offers to help actually helps you. People who depend on you can seldom be depended upon. And, the road to Utopia is eternally closed for construction.
So for all of us who have been surrounded by "more Poozers than I'd ever seen" the Motto "Now my troubles will have troubles with Me!" is the way it will be.
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