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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  67 reviews
“Alea Marley’s cover illustration screams JOY and LOVE. I love everything about this important and necessary picture book, especially Harpreet Singh and his big heart.” —Mr. Schu, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic

“This simple yet sensitive story about a child coming to terms with things beyond his control will resonate across cultures.” —Kirkus

Harpreet Singh
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Sterling Children's Books
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Lisa Vegan
I really liked this book. 4-1/2 stars

A bit of education about Sikh religion’s beliefs and customs, particularly on the last page.

A great story for kids who must move or have moved and struggle with adjusting to new weather, new friends, etc. It’s a reassuring story in that of course he meets a new friend and there is a humorous bit where once he’s adjusted he even misses the snow that he hated once spring comes. I got a kick out of how it looks as though the family starts in and leaves San
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Moving, Emotions, and/or Featuring Sikh Characters
An exuberant young boy who liked to express his emotional state through the color of his patka - the patka is a style of turban often worn by younger Sikh boys - Harpreet Singh wasn't thrilled when his parents announced that they were moving from sunny California to a snowier region of the country. Shy and ill-at-ease in his new home and school, he took to wearing white, hoping to disappear from sight. Nothing his parents did could cheer him up. Then one snowy day he found a lovely yellow hat, ...more
What a lovely book! I loved Harpeet's love of colors, his care with choosing patkas for every occassion, and how this is a gentle book about emotional intelligence and how hard moving and starting a life some place new can be. It was also great that Harpreet was allowed time to start to warm to his new town--it wasn't just an instant thing, which feels really true to life. I also found the art to be very charming!
Alex  Baugh
Harpreet Singh, a young Sikh, loves colors and uses them to express his feelings. In fact, he has a color for everything: yellow for when he feels sunny, pink for celebrating, red for a boost of courage. And he takes special care of his colorful patkas (the head covering worn by Sikh boys). But when his parents announce that the family will be moving, all the bright, happy colors go out of Harpreet's life, replaced by blue when he feels nervous, gray when he feels sad, and white when he feels ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A kid who's sad to move to a new place wears a white patka to be invisible until he makes a friend and starts using colours. Happy to see the conflict in the book was situational and there was no bullying. This book gives kids insight into wearing a patka without treating it as a "difference," making it a great relatable book for any kid coping with change in their life. Bright, approachable illustrations make this such an attractive book it hardly stays on the shelf an hour before someone picks ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oh, I loved this! Who can't relate to wanting to feel invisible sometimes? And the link between the colors of Harpreet's patkas and his moods is so great. I also really, really liked that this was not heavy-handed or message-y - it is simply a great, beautiful, representative, and diverse book. The author's not at the end explains a little about why Sikhs wear turbans, and I learned a little something, but this is more than just a book about a kid in a turban. It's about a kid. He wears a ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diverse cultural take on the wearing a different color for your mood type of book, this one also goes for the moving away and meeting new friends books. Best part of book, other than the brightly colored illustrations, is the author note on the end.
An inspirational story of acceptance, strength, courage, all with color.
This is a wonderful book about kindness, being brave and love.
Anna Smithberger
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this on multiple levels, but especially for how it deals with the difficulty of moving (new things are scary no matter how old you are). And it’s so beautiful!
Alyssa Gudenburr
A great book about different colors and clothing of different cultures. This book shows a boy who wears a patka for his Sikh religion and each color has a different meaning for him. This would make a great read aloud for elementary children.
Lovely and the afterword is a great introduction to Sikh religion. Will be wonderful with any friendship series.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colorful and cute, with a wonderful accessible explanation for kids as to why people, who are followers of Sikhism, wear turbans or patkas.
Oh, my, but this is the sweetest book. Easily one of the loveliest and most effortless Family-Moving picture books I’ve seen. The gentle transitions in the story paired with an equally attractive style of illustration was/is a delightful experience—just pretty and rich.

We learn that Harpreet Singh loves expressing himself through an array of colors. The colors could reflect a mood, or bolster one. Colors take on a meaning and build a context that tells us a great deal about Harpreet’s emotional
Baby Bookworm
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, written by Supriya Kelkar and illustrated by Alea Marley, a lovely tale of courage and connection in the face of change.

Harpreet loves to wear his patkas (head coverings often worn by Sikh children) in every color of the rainbow. He even wears certain colors to express his feelings: he likes to wear yellow when he’s cheerful, pink when he’s celebrating, or red if he needs a little bit of extra courage. That is, until the day
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Harpreet loves to express himself through the colors he wears, particularly the colors of his patka. Yellow was for when he felt sunny, pink for celebrating, red for courage, and blue for when he was nervous. When Harpreet moved across the country to a snowy city, he stopped wearing his colors. Instead, day after day, he wore white to match the cold outdoors and to be invisible. His parents tried to get him to wear different colors again, but he refused. Then one day, he discovered one of his ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harpreet loves color, so much that he has a patka (a head covering worn by some Sikh children) in every color - one for each mood and for many occasions. When Harpreet has to move from his home on one coast (we see the Golden Gate bridge in the background in one illustration) to a snowy town on the other coast, his emotions and the colors that represent them go from joyful to gloomy. A chance opportunity to help a fellow classmate changes brings some color (and joy) back into Harpreet's life as ...more
I received a copy of this picture book from the publisher in exchange for a review. Moving to a new community is tough, especially when it's completely different from what you've always known. Harpreet Singh loves wearing bright, splashy colors when things are going well. But when his mother gets a job in a new city in a snowy location, Harpreet gets out the more subdued colors and mostly wears white in order to feel invisible. Ultimately he makes new friends and begins to wear his bright colors ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Very sweet and lovely picture book about a young, school-age boy (Sikh?) who wears a different color turban (patka) for each emotion he feels. Red is for courage, yellow is for joy, gray is for sadness, and white is for shy and which he wears when he wants to disappear. He wears white a lot after his family moves north away from the ocean and warmth into an area where it snows. It's a story of change and how it affects your emotions. Harpreet faces various challenges: being different ...more
Theresa Olah
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Harpreet Singh has an array of colorful patkas (turbans) that he wears to match his mood for the day. But when his family has to move away for his mother's new job, all he wants to wear is white, his color for when he feels shy and wants to be invisible. Will he ever feel like wearing the rest of the rainbow again? A touching story about emotions and friendship, beautifully illustrated in bright, vibrant colors. The book includes a nice afterword from Simran Jeet Singh, a scholar and professor ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
At its heart, this is a story about change and finding belonging somewhere new. I think it’s wonderful to have Sikh representation and a kid wearing a patka on the cover of a children’s book. I do worry a bit that the takeaway for people who know nothing about Sikhism would be that different colors of turbans or head coverings have different meanings, when that is not the case. There is an afterward from a scholar and professor of Sikhism that says as much, but I worry that no one reads those ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have EVER seen a Sikh child featured as a main character in a picture book. I can likely count on one hand the number of times I've seen a Sikh child depicted in a group scene in a picture book. This is both pretty awesome and pretty ridiculous that it has taken until now for this book to happen; the very happy news is that it does not disappoint. I adore Harpreet and his emotional rollercoaster as communicated by his many different colors of patkas. This is a delightful ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
At the heart of this story is a boy who has moved to a new city with his family, and isn't comfortable with the change. He shows his feelings in the colors he wears, especially his patka. As expected in most stories of this nature, time passes and he makes a friend which changes his outlook and he once more wears happy colors.
What is wonderful about this story is we have a character who will be different enough from the majority of children for them to notice, but following a story arc they
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that seamlessly weaves the story of a boy who practices Sikhism, but doesn't become didactic. It is the story of Harpreet Singh, a young boy who moves from California to a place that is cold and gets lots of snow. The colors he wears indicate his moods and feelings so when he moves to a new place and doesn't feel like he fits in, he no longer wears bright colors because he doesn't want to be noticed. I love the meaningful but brief note about Sikhism at the end to help better ...more
Abby Johnson
Harpreet wears a different patka every day, a different color to match his mood. But after his family moves to a new, cold place, Harpreet finds himself wearing white for feeling shy more often than not. But just one friend can start to turn that around. This is a relateable story for any kid who's experienced starting over in a new place or who has struggled with making friends. A note in the back of the book gives some information about the Sikh religion and the significance of wearing a ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So sweet and good!

I have never read a book about, and truly know very little (if anything) about Sikhism, so I feel like I actually learned a lot from this book. It is about a boy, Harpreet, who wears a patka every day and goes through how he chooses the color of it based on his day/mood and then how he is affected when he moves away from his home. It was a very beautifully illustrated book, it has a nice story of intercultural friendship, and the author’s note was very informative.

I loved this
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Harpreet shares his feelings by the colors he chooses to wear. He has patkas in a wide variety of colors to match what's happening in the world around him. When his family moves across country, his colors turn darker and drabber so can feel invisible. Children of all faiths will relate to adjusting to new environments. Harpreet makes a friend and begins to be himself again and wear his colors to share his feelings.
Informative text about the Sikh religion at the end.
Tiffany Dickinson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh is a sweet and colorful book full of joy. Children will be able to relate to Harpreet's moods (which affect his clothing color choices), his struggles with moving and being in a new school, and sometimes wanting to be invisible. The way he discovers a new friend is simple, yet ingenious. I learned a bit about the Sikh religion and the wearing of patkas (turbans). Entertaining, empathetic, and educational. Highly recommended.
Harpreet uses his colorful selection of patkas (head wraps) to express moods and generate different feelings. When he learns his family is moving, the color temporarily drains from his life and his wardrobe.

Lots of little things I loved: a full note at the end with an explanation of patkas, turbans, and a bit about the Sikh religion; the delightful use of colors; that the move was precipitated by the mom’s new job; and that this appears to be a Michigan author
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