Many views of ancient Roman remains in picturesque decay.
As her homeland of Sirapirat is being conquered by the Winter Queen and it's people being fed to the ghost kiln, Nuawa is given a tiny shard of glass to swallow by her mother. Nuawa survives the ghost kiln and is taken in by her Aunt. Nuawa trains relentlessly to be a fighter and one day avenge her homeland and mother. Her chance comes with a tournament where the prize is to be trained by General Lussadh, the Queen's right hand. Nuawa easily qualifies for the tournament and moves forward, gaining favor with General Lussadh who quickly recognizes Nuawa as a glass-bearer.
Take an already amusing children's poem about Bert's out-of-control animal collecting hobby and illustrate it with large, fun, cute paintings and what do you get? An absolute delight! I especially like the rabbits (of which there are many), ostrich chicks and domestic cat but the other animals are also wonderful. Forty pages of joy.