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Hilda and the Bird Parade: 08/05/14
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson is the third of the Hilda books. Hilda and her mother have moved away from their cabin, to a busy city. The mother now has to work outside of the home, leaving Hilda on her own.
Scared of a new city, confused by its size and complexity, and befriended by the wrong crowd, Hilda's introduction to city life isn't going so well. Her mother and she have plans to watch an annual parade celebrating a local bird spirit.
Hilda with her ability to see what most people can't (first sight, second thoughts — a perfect term from Wee Free Men), she gets to experience a magic she thought she had left behind on her mountain.
It's a beautiful book with nods to the Japanese spirit procession, but with birds and in a city that's Alpine. The colors are bold and saturated, taking on the harsh tones of a busy city and the rich hues of dusk and torch light.
The next book in the series is Hilda and the Black Hound (2014).