The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Colorful and cute, with a wonderful accessible explanation for kids as to why people, who are followers of Sikhism, wear turbans or patkas. " said.

" 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! " said.

"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, and, returning it to its owner, got to know his new classmate Abby. Soon his outlook had improved, and he was back to wearing all kinds of colors... include white, to remind him of the snow on the ground, when he made his first new friend!

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh was a delightful picture-book, only the second I have read, following upon Super Satya Saves the Day , to specifically feature Sikh children, and the first I have read addressing the Sikh custom of wearing a turban. There is an afterword from scholar Simran Jeet Singh about the meaning of the turban in Sikh tradition, but while I appreciated this inclusion, and the opportunity the book affords young children to (potentially) learn about new customs, in the end what was most appealing here was the story itself, as well as the colorful artwork. Harpreet's experience of being a fish out of water in his new home is one that will feel familiar to many children, while the hopeful ending, in which he makes a new friend, will also strike a chord. The illustrations are charming - colorful, cute and expressive - and well-suited to a tale featuring color so prominently. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories about moving, about emotions, or about the experiences of Sikh children.
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