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Always Room for One More

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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 grateful guests say a wonderful ...more
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 really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2012 Amy Dennehy rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it
Book summary: This is an award winning book. There once was this wee house. When people came by needing or wanting to stay at the house, the man would say "there is always room for one more." Than the house began to become cramped so they made an even bigger house twice as wide and twice as high so that there would be plenty of room for whomever came by. This book also rhymes has an order to who came in the house and goes backwards later which I think is cool.
Grade level: K-3
Appropriate classro
Ruby Howlett
Sep 09, 2016 Ruby Howlett rated it really liked it
Sorche Nic Leodhas did a great job creating this piece. This book really takes the reader on an exciting adventure of having great morals. You can pretty much tell what the book is going to be about through the title "Always Room For One More". It takes place in a village and one of the messages I got from the story is how to always be optimistic in everyday struggles, whether it be filling your house with a lot of people, or stressed out about paying your bills.
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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
Mar 21, 2015 Anna Baize rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2015 KayLeigh Nava rated it liked it
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
Hollianne Wieland
Always Room for One More is a story about a rather large Scottish family and their hospitality and willingness to give even though they do not have a lot to give in the first place. The illustrations in this book are very simple lines made with black ink and then black and purple pastel smeared throughout the black ink lines. The combinations of the black lines and black and purple smudges make the art work seem so much more detailed and intercut then it really is the closer you examine it. I re ...more
Saskia Orlowski
Jun 02, 2015 Saskia Orlowski rated it it was ok
Shelves: edrd-314-books
There is always room for one more is written at the upper third grade reading level, probably closer to fourth grade reading level. The book was interesting, I like that it is a song that got illustrated, but the illustrations that were made, makes it look like a sad story when I think it really is not. Even when the space became tight they still kept on inviting people in. I would use this kind of a book to show the children what and how things are done around the world but not as an everyday b ...more
Apr 24, 2008 ABC rated it it was ok
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.
Kayla Kupinski
Dec 08, 2015 Kayla Kupinski rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Always Room for One More is about Lachie, who always has, “room for one more” traveler to stay on a stormy night. One night there was so many people that his house burst, but his kindness was repaid by the travelers who rebuilt him an even bigger house.
The illustrations of this story are quite unique. It looks like there is some watercolor, in combination with black line and grid sketches. The ground, sky, or backgrounds have the watercolor, and the people and house have the sketches. Even thou
Alexis Caudill
Sep 27, 2016 Alexis Caudill rated it really liked it
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1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
Always Room for One More is a Caldecott Medal book. It is a book inspired by a popular Scottish song. It is about a family who welcomes any and all to their home as they are coming by. Soon the house gets so full from joy and fellowship that it explodes. What does the family do next? It also has very cute and creative illustrations for this book.
2. Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
This would be a fun book for grades Kindergarten to 2nd. It is in
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
Kara Duncan
Oct 09, 2015 Kara Duncan added it
Shelves: folk
This enchanting tale is one of Lachie MacLachlan and his family of twelve. They all live in a small house, but that does not stop them from inviting in travelers. The family in this story takes in all the travelers always stating, "there's always room for one more." No matter how cramped the home becomes there is always room for more.
This book could be used to teach generosity to students. The selflessness this family portrays is something we should be teaching all students. They never know whe
Kelley Blakslee
Sep 06, 2016 Kelley Blakslee rated it liked it
"Always Room for One More" is a sweet tale of sharing and kindness. Some of the words may be dated, but the illustrations are as unique as they are beautiful. Utilizing what looks like a few different mediums, the illustrator creates humans and homes alike from simple and clean lines. While the forms are simple, the multiple lines which make them up mirror the busy and bustling theme that runs throughout the story. The pictures also make limited use of color. while the artist utilizes mainly bla ...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
I'm certain my grandmother, who was a proud Daughter of Scotia, would be turning over in her grave if she knew my true sentiment on this book! But I do regret to report that we didn't enjoy this one at all. Based on an old Scottish folksong using vocabulary from the Scots language, this book was difficult to read out loud AND difficult to understand. Although there is a glossary of terms in the back, I have a hard time understanding why this book would be recommended for children 3+. However, I ...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.
Apr 23, 2015 Meltha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, picturebooks
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 Hansen
Oct 19, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
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. :)
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jul 21, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2015 Bailey Scales rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2014 Taylor Kandris rated it liked it
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
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
Dione Basseri
I feel like this is the first time I've come across a specifically Scottish picture book. Sadly, it's...not very good. Granted, it was published in the early 70s, so there wasn't such a refined history of picture books, as of yet, but I doubt this would interest pretty much any kid, nowadays. I think the only reason it warranted a more recent reprint is it's status as a Caldecott winner.

The main problem isn't the artwork--which is pretty flat, for a Caldecott winner--but the text. While I unders
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
Dec 09, 2014 Anna Reid rated it really liked it
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
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