Napoli, Donna Jo. Spinners. New York: Dutton, 1999.
Have you ever wondered why Rumpelstiltskin is the way he is? Small, gnarled, deformed, and covetous of ladies' first born children? Have you ever asked yourself why that miller's daughter? What compelled Rumpelstiltskin to help her? Spinners answers all these questions and more about the traditional fairy tale. To discover the story behind the story, you'll have to read it.
What I thought: This is another fantastic fairy tale book by Donna Jo Napoli. Her expansion on the original tale is inspired. I especially like all the detail she put in about the types of yarns Saskia makes. For fairy tale fanatics, this is a must read.