I was sorry to reach the last page of Room for One More by Anna Perrott Rose. I enjoyed the book so much that I wished it would go on and on. I recently learned of this book by watching the movie by the same name on TCM. The movie starred Cary Grant and his wife Betsy Drake in the title roles and it was wonderfully sappy. The book is so old that the copyright date of 1950 is printed in Roman Numerals, but the message it contains is timeless!
The book by Rose, is a true story recounting her experiences as the mother of 6. The unique part of her life story is the fact that three of her children were foster children. Even though the care and raising of adopted children is the central theme of the book, it is so much more.
As I read Mrs. Rose’s story, I learned new, sensible techniques for raising children. My favorite was her practice of taking her children out of school for a few days from time to time, with the school’s permission, to provide them with concentrated study of one subject in order that they might learn it. Her teaching methods were truly inspired.
I was uplifted by her love, courage, and wisdom. If you can obtain a copy of Room for One More, please do so. It is a wonderful, heartwarming book overflowing with common sense.