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Always Room for One More

by Sorche nic Leodhas

Other authors: Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator)

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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 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
  MicahCorporaal | Mar 17, 2014 |
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 written are somewhat difficult to understand, it was necessary to change many of them into others more familiar to American boys and girls.

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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.

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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.
  Megan88 | Feb 13, 2014 |
Caldecott winner, 1966
Preserved in oral tradition of Scottish orgin
written in verse
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
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. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Caldecott winner, 1966
Preserved in oral tradition of Scottish orgin
written in verse
  Phill242 | May 6, 2013 |
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Say you're traveling across Scottish fields and a storm breaks out. Where do you stay for the night? Whether you're a tailor or a sailor or a gallowglass or a fishing lass, you'll be relieved to hear good Lachie MacLachlan shouting from his doorstep, "There's room galore. Och, Come awa' in! There's room for one more, always room for one more!" In this sing-song story, derived from an old Scottish nursery tale, Lachie's boundless magnanimity, while well-received, backfires. The welcoming chap invites all passersby into his home, until the wee house literally explodes with his goodwill. Luckily, the grateful visitors devise a plan to help Lachie and his family (and themselves as well).

Sorche Nic Leodhas tells Lachie's story in the lilting, rhyming brogue of a time-worn Scottish folktale. A glossary helps readers through the less intuitive dialect, and Loedhas also provides a musical score so the main chorus of the legend can be sung as originally intended. Nonny Hogrogian's illustrations combine intricately crosshatched line drawings with sponge smudges of moss and berry hues. The effect, impressive enough to earn Hogrogian the Caldecott Medal, is one of a dreamy, watery heath, populated by jovial elfin sprites. The generosity of this tale is addictive, and readers will love being welcomed into Lachie's fold, time and time again. (Picture Book)

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

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