Always Room for One More (Owlet Book)

by Sorche Nic Leodhas

Other authorsNonny Hogrogian (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1972



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Square Fish (1972), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.

User reviews

LibraryThing member toni2012
The MacLachlan's always seemed to have room for one more. Every traveler was invited into their small home. They fill their house to the max with strangers and then some. They would sing and dance and have a good old time. They filled their home until it tumbled down, guess what all the travelers
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help to build them bigger and wider house so whem he helped a traveler he would always have room for one more.
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LibraryThing member datimasa
Sweet and uses some original language. Also includes the sheet music for the song.
LibraryThing member kidlit9
Based on a Scottish popular song, this book tells the tale of the owner of a house that enjoys sharing with the people who pass by, until the house filled up and exploded
LibraryThing member aimtroyer
This is a scottish tale about a family who always invited people to stop and stay with them. The house got fuller and fuller of travelers and soon fell down because it was too full. The story is like a song or poem. It could be used in a poetry unit or to teach cause and effect. It also uses tons
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of adjectives to describe the visitors, which can be used as examples in the classroom.
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LibraryThing member CrystalReed
Always Room for One More is a book that won a caldecott medal. It is a poetry book for children. This book is a story told from an old folktale. In the story there is a family with ten children. They always invite people over. During the story the house falls down and then is rebuilt even bigger.

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didn't really care for this book to much. I think is was an okay story, but not great. It was pretty hard to keep my attention on it.I thought the illustrations were pretty neat to look at though.

I don't really think I would use this book in a lesson. I don't feel like the younger children would be able to pay attention to it. It may work well for the older students.
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LibraryThing member manich01
This traditional Scottish nursery tale is slightly enhanced by stylized watercolor, but would be most enjoyed by a contemporary audience as an audio in order to preserve the original sounds and cadences of the song. Use it to teach faith, generosity, and community.
LibraryThing member AnnaMoody
This book is a good lesson on kindess. The main family is always bringing in more people to stay, exclaiming there is always room for one more! It is a merry read and cheerful. I enjoyed the book although it took me a couple of times to understand the rhythm of the words.
LibraryThing member thuvan0301
A Scottish story teaching people to be generous. The owner of the small house, Lachie MacLachlan and his wife, always open up their arm to welcome travelers. Even though they have a small house but they never turn anybody away because it has no more room. Instead to them there is "always room for
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one more!" Until one day his small old house cannot contain their many quests and collapsed. Their friends help them build until big new house which he can welcome more quests.
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LibraryThing member scote23
Caldecott Medal, 1966

Another eh on the pictures and eh on the song. Not my type. I can see why it hasn't been checked out in three years.
LibraryThing member Phill242
Caldecott winner, 1966
Preserved in oral tradition of Scottish orgin
written in verse
LibraryThing member scote23
Caldecott Medal, 1966

Another eh on the pictures and eh on the song. Not my type. I can see why it hasn't been checked out in three years.
LibraryThing member bp0128bd
Caldecott winner, 1966
Preserved in oral tradition of Scottish orgin
written in verse
LibraryThing member Megan88
Always Room for One More by sorche Nic Leodhas
This book in one of the many Scottish popular songs which have been preserved by oral tradition, being handed down by one generation to the next, but never appearing in print. Because the Scottish words in which this merry little tune was
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written are somewhat difficult to understand, it was necessary to change many of them into others more familiar to American boys and girls.

Personal Reaction.
This book was very different from the other books I was reading, almost didn't understand it but when I read the song it made sense. Life is pretty great.

Classroom Extension Ideas.
1. This book is a great way to show the kids that there is always room for one more friend to join his or her group of friends.
2. This book would be good to read for a music class because it has a song to go with it.
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LibraryThing member MicahCorporaal
Passed down through oral tradition this old Scottish folk tale makes its American debut in Sorche Nic Leodhas’ and Nonny Hogrogian’s warmhearted and rhythmic picture book “Always Room for One More.” The Caldecott classic provides to readers a glimpse of the good-natured way of living for
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rural Scottish folk. Lachie MacLachlan shares “a wee house in the heather” with a family of 12. They happily open their doors to passing travelers chanting there’s “Always room for one more!” A tinker, sailor, “merry auld wife” and many more squeeze into the boisterous thatch-roofed home filled with smiling, dancing and music.
Nonny Hogrogian captures the timeless folktale with black ink folk drawings and subtle shades of black, pink and olive green watercolor. The stylized illustrations successfully convey the fun and warmhearted ambience of the MacLachlan home. The subtlety in color and design captures the timelessness of this tale. If readers have trouble understanding the Scottish words a glossary is provided at the end of the story. This book is recommended for grades K-3 either as an individual read or a lively storytime read-alon
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LibraryThing member mferaci
Always Room for One More is based off a Scottish folk song. A man welcomes many strangers into his house even though it is not that large and he already has ten children. So many people pack into the house it collapses. The people rally together and build the man a house double the size of the
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original so he can fit more people. This book did not really hold my attention. I often found myself confused because of the Scottish words throughout the book. It was only until after I finished reading the book I realized there was a glossary in the back explaining the words. I do not think I would pick this book to read again especially to children.
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LibraryThing member BookConcierge
From the Book Jacket: To his “wee house in the heather” where he lives with his wife and ten children, the good-natured Lachie MacLachlan invites every traveler who passes on a stormy night, assuring all that “There’s always room for one more.”

My reactions:

Sorche Nic Leodhas drew
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inspiration from a traditional Scottish song that has been handed down through the generations. Lachie is a generous host, and even when his house is literally full to bursting, he doesn’t despair, and everyone to whom he’s offered shelter pitches in to help him build a bigger and better house, where once again “There’s always room for one more.”

The author explains in a note at the end of the book that some of the words were changed to make it more understandable for American children, but other Scottish words were kept because there simply wasn’t a reasonable English alternative. There is a glossary at the end of the book. The book also includes the musical notes, so readers can plunk out the tune on the piano.

Nonny Hogrogian was awarded the Caldecott Medal for her illustrations. I appreciate her artwork, but they don’t really capture my attention or move me.
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7.96 inches


0805003304 / 9780805003307
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