published by Lodestar Books,1995

Poor Merth! Stuck in a cottage deep in the woods, she must wait upon her cruel mother Asphalta and her jealous sister Bleacha night and day. Merth is as sweet as her mother's breath is foul. How can she escape from the wretched pair? One dark night, Merth runs into a creature who might be able to help her by conjuring up quite a few toads—and a lot of diamonds, too.

This retelling of the classic fairy tale Toads is filled with sparkle and great humor.