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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh (Hardcover)

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By Supriya Kelkar, Alea Marley (Illustrator), Simran Jeet Singh (Afterword by)
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Staff Reviews

Harpreet Singh is excited about colors and loves wearing different colorful patkas—he has one for every occasion—to express his feelings. What Harpreet isn’t excited about: moving across the country. The charming, vibrant art makes this tale about transition and emotional awareness even more beautiful. A good story for any reader, this book is also a great tool for helping children explore their feelings and process change.

— Stephanie


"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 loves his colors--but when his family moves to a new city, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka--his turban--smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?

Included on the Chicago Public Libraries Best Picture Books of 2019 list.

About the Author

Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya Kelkar learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Supriya is a screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films and one Hollywood feature. Her books include American as Paneer Pie, The Sandalwood Pyre, and Ahimsa. Learn more at Alea Marley is a children's illustrator who is is currently based in North England. Her illustration clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sterling, American Girl, Little Bee, and Macmillan. Find her online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781454931843
ISBN-10: 1454931841
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 32
Language: English
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Created At: 2/10/2019 05:42am
Last Updated At: 9/27/2020 08:30am