Harpreet Singh is a happy child who wears colorful patkas according to his mood. Whether it’s red, green or purple, he expresses his feelings with his head piece. (He is Sikh, a religion that believes in wearing turbans or patkas on your head.)
Harpreet is the main character in Supriya Kelkar’s new book, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh. It is her first picture book and I think she did great on it! Supriya Kelkar’s also wrote Ahimsa, which I reviewed last year. I also interviewed her.
I loved how the Harpreet Singh book shows how there are different ways to express your feelings. In this case, wearing a color that suggests your mood, like yellow for happy or blue for sad is just one way to show how you are feeling. It also was interesting to read about a different faith than mine. In the back of the book there is a note by someone who is Sikh and he explains their beliefs. Also, a few rituals they practice are scattered throughout the book.
I recommend this book to early readers. But this book is for everyone, teenagers, adults, kids. Everyone. If you are kid you might think it’s about making new friends. If you’re a teenager, you might think the message is about expressing yourself and if you’re an adult, you might think it’s about staying true to your religion.
The illustrations by Alea Marley are cute and colorful and really matched the theme of the book. It also was fun discovering hidden symbols on some of the pages.
This book was really cool! I rate it 4 out of 4 roses!