There is no mother in fiction more resourceful, incorruptible, and endearing than the Mama of these charming adventures about a Norwegian immigrant family living in San Francisco in the early 1900s. It is Mama who knows how to deal with the doctor’s avaricious wife when Papa needs an operation. It is Mama who finds recompense when the roomer leaves without paying the rent. It is Mama, with her mysterious bank account, who discovers a way to keep her children from growing up afraid. Everyone will remember Mama long after the last page of this book is turned.