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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  32 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!
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
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
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
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
Harpreet shows his mood through the bright colors he wears every day, and he matches his patka to his mood as well. When he and his parents move across the country, he starts wearing white because he wants to be invisible. Making a friend changes everything, as it often does with little ones who go to new places. A sweet story, with an informative author's note at the end about Harpreet's religion and choice of turban.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful story about a Sikh boy named Harpreet who wears different colors depending on his mood. When he must move cross-country, he feels shy and wants to be invisible so he wears white for a very long time. Then he becomes accustomed to the snow, finds a friend, and realizes it’s possible to embrace change. Lovely. I especially appreciated the extra information on Sikhs on the closing page.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Harpreet expresses his feelings by wearing parkas of different colors. He gets stuck in sadness when he moves, but everything changes when he makes a new friend.

A lovely story of moving and starting over. Great explanation of the Sikh culture in the back of the book.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Read it. Cute! I learned what a patka is. Totally felt for Harpreet moving to a new place. Loved Abby’s itchy hat.
Michelle Gray
Themes: colors, making friends, moving to a new place
book about Skih religion
book about color
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Everyone should express themselves with color.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, kids, picture-books
Mary Lee
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I wish I'd had this book when I had a Sikh child in my class! A mirror/window book for sure!
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this simple book that not only introduces colors but allows us to briefly dip into another culture. Story is fun and real.
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