Mama’s Bank Account is based on Kathryn Forbes’ Norwegian immigrant grandparents raising their family (including various aunts and uncles) in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. Despite many serious disasters and poverty’s constant presence, Mama is optimistic and resourceful. But Mama has a secret and if the family ever discovers it, life will be very different for everyone.
My sister-in-law Liza recommended this book to our family 20 years ago. She had read it as a child and wanted to make sure we didn’t miss it! It is a charming read-aloud and several of my children re-read it later on their own.
We weren’t the only people to love this book. It’s been made into a play, a musical twice and then a motion picture in 1947, I Remember Mama. From 1949 to 1957, CBS produced a television show named Mama also based on Mrs. Forbes’ novel. Both the film and the television series are still available on DVD.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 160 pages, Fiction, Published in 1943.