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Always Room for One More

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,012 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Lachie MacLachlan, the generous hero of this enchanting tale, is the exception to the rule that the Scots are a thrifty lot. In his "wee house in the heather," where he lives with his family of twelve, he welcomes to his hearth every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night. "There's always room for one more," says Lachie, and how his gr
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1972 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1965)
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Apr 13, 2015 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
I put this in the Childrens' book category because that's the section I got it in, but it's not for the younger kids. It's an old Scottish song that had never been written down, put down into a book with simple, muted illustrations. I saw that this book had won a Caldecott Award, so I figured I'd check it out. I liked it a lot, but our girls quickly lost interest.

This book was selected as one of the books for the April 2015 - Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Childr
Amy Dennehy
After reading the book, Always Room for One More, I felt that the story was sort of hard to fallow. The illustrations not help to further explain any of the text on the pages. The pictures were all drawn in a unique way; all of the illustrations were drawn with straight lines and crosshatch, while the ground was created with what looked like the sponging of different colors together. I thought this was a very creative way to construct illustrations, but I it was hard to me to feel connected to t ...more
I got this one because it was a Caldecott award winner, and the paintings for illustrations were beautiful. However, wow! Was it difficult to pronounce some of those Scottish words! I felt all tongue tied! And while my older son can follow along when I explain the definition of the words he doesn't know, I felt I was explaining every other word, which took away from the rhythm of the poetry. I did like how the music to this song was in the back of the book as well as the definition of the typica ...more
Personal reaction: I didn't really like this book. It is a folk tale from Scotland. The only things I really liked about this book were the illustrations and the message/theme. The illustrations were very unique and beautiful. The illustrator used very interesting techniques. The theme was that there is always room for one more person. I really liked this message and I liked that it supported including everyone, even if it might be hard.

Use in the classroom:

1. Read aloud for curriculum: I could
Anna Baize
For this picture book analysis I choose Always Room for One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas. This book was published in 1965 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1966. As it is a scottish folk song, it includes a lot of vocabulary that is foreign to us, therefore there is a glossary in the back that makes the reading of the book much easier, otherwise the reader is forced to infer the meaning of many of words. With the correct understanding, the book is a very cute read and a fun read.
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KayLeigh Nava
Summary: The story is about Lachie MacLachlan, his wife, their ten bairns and their house in the heather. Lachie decides that he has a fire to keep him warm, some leftover porridge, and they will share what ever they have with others. He welcomes in all the travelers that came by his door during a stormy night. He said. "There's room for one more, Always room for one more!" He continued to welcome more and more people in. The visitors and his family all danced and sang while the walls of his hou ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Kirei rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: elementary school kids
Lordy, this book was hard to read out loud. It was hard even for ME to understand. It is derived from a Scottish traditional song, and uses some words that are difficult for Americans to understand: "a but and a ben" "bairns" "brae" There is a glossary at the back of the book. I felt my five year old son was too young for this book, perhaps an older child can appreciate it more.
David Korsak
This book is about a man and his wife who welcome every traveler that come by there house to the point where their house literally splits at the seams. The people then feel so bad about wrecking his house that they all go in on getting him and his wife a gift. They come up with the bright idea of buying them a bigger house, so they will never run out of room. This gift not only satisfies the man and his wife, but also all the travelers that are living with them now and future travelers. I though ...more
Madison Lakey
Apr 29, 2015 Madison Lakey added it
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This story teaches children about morality and how if they do good onto other they will do good onto you. A man who has a family of twelve lets any traveler into his house giving them a place to stay and food. One day the house reaches capacity and quite literally splits at the seams. In a way to thank the man for his hospitality the travelers build him a new house with endless room for travelers. This book is illustrated with what looks to be black drawings with water color on top of that. For ...more
Includes quite a bit of vocabulary that is unfamiliar (but fortunately there is a glossary). I liked the story...Lachie MachLachlan always has room for one more person in his home...until finally he does not have room for anyone else. So he builds a larger home. His generosity is impressive...and seems more typical of people in many other cultures than here in the US. My husband is from Central America and thinks any visitor to our home (even salesmen) should be given food and drinks. That doesn ...more
1966 Caldecott winner

The illustrations of the it. maybe it's because I enjoy the Outlander series so much that I really enjoyed this book. & it's nice that a glossary is provided in the back.
While the books wasn't remarkably colorful, I really liked this one. Rather like Artell's "Petite Rouge," this is written in dialect, although here it's Scottish, and there's a full glossary in the back of all the terms used in the book, which is apparently based on a folk song (musical notations included) about a farmer who opens his house to everyone, and when it falls down, they build him a bigger one out of gratitude. The people in this are, obviously, very nice, which is a bit of a pleasant ...more
Kristine Pratt
This book absolutely BEGS to be read out loud. On paper it doesn't look like much, but the prose sings and tells the story admirably well. I enjoyed reading this one a lot. :)
A retelling of a Scottish song passed down from oral traditions. Amazing illustrations from Hogrogian incorporate a variety of artistic techniques to bring the verses to life.
Bailey Scales
Always Room for One More was a delightful book to read. I appreciated this book because it reminded me of my family. Even though we are not Scottish I believe my family has imitated the theme this book had. Always Room for One More demonstrated the importance of sharing and offering what you do have to those in need, even if you do not have a lot to offer. This book also contained bag pipes, sheep dogs, the word gowked, lachie, and piping Rury the ranter. Things that symbolized Scottish culture. ...more
Taylor Kandris
Always Room for One More was written by Sorche Nic Leadhus and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. It has received the Caldecott Medal. This story takes place in Scotland and is a depiction of an old Scottish nursery tale. The main character, Lachie MacLachlan, acts a as the hero. He and his wife welcome in many people to their home and are eventually repaid for their generosity. This story shows how important kindness and generosity are. Though it is written with a rhyme scheme and uses some Scotti ...more
Always Room For One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas fits under the award winning category. This is the story of a couple that always is willing take one more into their lives, save one more people. And when they run out of room, they build another house and allow more people to come. I love the lesson/story/moral. We always have room for one more even if we have to work harder. I also am amazed at the pictures, but that is what it won the award for. I would use this book in a lesson to explain the im ...more
Adam Donald
This is a marvelous story about a very generous man who, from time to time, lets travelers stay at his house when they have been on the road all day. One night there was a terrible storm and several travelers stopped at this man’s house. He kept letting them in and giving them a place to stay for the night. Eventually the house was jam packed, but the man still let people in. The art in this picture book is done in darker colors outside the house for the storm, but the house is always all lit up ...more
Sherri Anderson
This book is a lighthearted portrayal of one of many Scottish folk songs that have been “preserved by oral tradition”. As the title indicates, the main character is a jolly Scotsman who “hails every traveler” that passes by, opening his home with an invitation to share food and a warm hearth. Lachie MacLachlan and his large family are depicted as generous, welcoming people who live modestly but have an unlimited capacity for joy and hospitality.

The poetic language keeps the reader engaged in the
Becky B
A picture book based on a Scottish folk song about a very hospitable family who claims there's "always room for one more," but they put their little house to quite the test and eventually have to rebuild.

Make sure you check out the back of the book for a Scottish vocabulary guide, background on the folk song, and actual music so you can sing this if you want. It's a fun story, but the average reader will probably appreciate this more if they read the vocabulary guide in the back first or some o
Anna Reid
Lachie MacLachlan, his wife and ten children lived in a little house and even though there were 12 of them, there was “always room for one more.” MacLachlan invited all kinds of people to stay in his house, a tinker, a tailor, a sailor and so many more. Unfortunately one day their barn fell apart and everyone was devastated that the MacLachlan’s was no longer a place to go to feel safe and at home. However, MacLachlan solved the problem by building an even bigger barn that would be able to fit m ...more
1966 Caldecott Medal Winner

Ink drawings of objects and people are accented by smudgy pinkish-purple, green, black, and gray watercolor. The way that some of the lines criss-cross each other reminds me of Chex cereal. The effect is sort of messy, but intriguing and unique among all the Caldecott books I've looked at so far.

I'm seeing that in many reviews, a lot of people didn't get the language in this book. I think that having a linguistics major gives me a leg up on that, because I love all thi
1996 Caldecott Medal

This book is written based on an old Scottish nursery tail. In my opinion it is imperative to read it aloud as it doesn't seem like much until one does so. It is especially fun if you try it with a Scottish brogue. There is a word bank at the back of the book for those who struggle. The illustrations are simple ink drawings with interesting purple and green "smudges." I love the concept of their always being room for one more even if you haven't much yourself.
This book won the 1966 Caldecott Medal. It was a very interesting choice as the book is adapted from a Scottish folk song and the author has left in enough Scottish words to let you know the heritage. There is a glossary of terms in the back of the book to help you out if you get lost though. The story is about Lachie MacLachlan, his wife and their ten children. They live in a small house but always have their door open for "one more" person, and the father is always inviting people to their hou ...more
Cari Williams
This book is about a man, his wife and ten children that live in a small house out in the country side. They share all that they have and start to invite people into their homes to do so. The man in the book always makes room for another person to come in even though the house is full. I think that this book has a good message attached to it, I had a hard time understanding some of the words that were used. I know from reading the back that the story is from a popular Scottish song but fluency w ...more
Alyssa Pierce
The MacLachlan family always welcomes people into their house, they say: “always room for one more” is what they say to everyone that walks by. They invite so many people inside their house that it just cannot hold all the people. This book really demonstrates that the home is a place to gather, to enjoy times with friends, strangers, and those we love. It is also interesting to know the history of the book, which originated through Scottish tradition. The illustrations in this book enhance the ...more
Always Room for One More, written by Sorche Leodhas and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, was the winner of the 1966 Caldecott Award. When reading this book, it was obvious to me that it was quite old, however it seems to be a timeless story, in which I still found interesting. The illustrations in Always Room for One More are unlike any picture book art I have seen before. The pictures are very different, and the characters are all drawn in black lines. The scenes in the book have some color, but ...more
Elizabeth S
It is a fun little book. I like the basis of the story, that everyone is invited to join the party. I want to learn the song after reading it. Some of the Scottish words were difficult for me. But at the end there is a little glossary the defines the terms and explains that "Because the Scottish words in which this merry little tune was written are somewhat difficult to understand, it was necessary to change many of them into others more familiar to American boys and girls. However, some of the ...more
Gina Halstead
The illustrations in this book were beautiful. Only straight lines were used to draw many of the pictures and they were highlighted with splashes of color. This was an interesting and appealing design. As for the story itself, I found it slightly difficult to follow, but was glad to see that there was a glossary at the end of the book that explained all the Scottish terminology used.
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Well, I do not think this book is really make senses. But sense it is based on an old Scottish folk song, the language of this book are kind of in a rhyme. So it sounds good when I read it that children might like it. I think it might be better when we put it in its own music.
Second, when I got the story, I think the theme of this story is pretty good. Well, the theme of this story can be divided into two part. The first one is family love. The way although Lachie Maclachlan, a general Scottish
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