Harpreet Singh chooses his patka based on what is happening and how he feels about it. When there is something to celebrate, he dons a pink patka; if he needs courage, he wears red. And when he wants to be invisible, he puts on a white patka. Ever since his family moved for his mom's new job, he has been wearing his white cap. One day walking to school, he finds the hat partly covered in snow. He knows that it belongs to a girl in his class, and he returns it to her. Could he be making a new friend? What color will he wear?
On one hand this is a very simple story: a young boy uses color to express his emotions. Yet it also as many layers. Don't miss the subtlety of his mother's job prompting a family move. Harpreet's move to a new town opens opportunities not only to discuss other feelings, but how life changes and that change isn't always bad. Sikhs are not something often seen in children's books and this is a wonderfully accessible story for introducing children to other cultures and religions.
Bottom line: The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh is a book that can be shared across age groups and will grow with your child. Highly recommended for home libraries.
From associating colors and emotions to learning about Sikhs and Asian culture, there is something for all young readers (toddler to 3rd grade) in The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh.
This picture book uses color to explore feelings and moods.
With very young children, you can not only teach colors, but also explore emotions and feelings. Even preschoolers will understand Harpreet's emotions and how he associates them with his patkas. What colors would your child include. If Harpreet had a color for "fear of change" what would that be? Other themes can be brought out with older children, such as life changes and making friends.
Although the author provides some explanation about patkas and Sikhs at the end, the information may not answer all your reader's questions. For example, Harpreet dances to banghra beats, but they are not explained. A visit to the library can help you discover children's books or other resources that help children celebrate the diversity of their world.
9 and Up
4 to 8
Buy. This is a lovely book that will grow with your child from preschool to third grade.