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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

By Supriya Kelkar (Author), Alea Marley (Illustrator), Simran Jeet Singh (Afterword)

Price$16.95

Format Hardcover Picture Book

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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

by Supriya Kelkar, Alea Marley, Simran Jeet Singh

$16.95

Hardcover

Barnes and Noble Indiebound
OVERVIEW

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 patkahis 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?

PRAISE
“Indian-American Harpreet Singh is a practicing Sikh and has a different color patka, or head covering, for every occasion. He wears yellow when he feels sunny and cheerful, pink when he feels like celebrating, and red when he wants to feel brave. When his mother gets a job in a small snowy town across the country, Harpreet is apprehensive about the move despite his parents' assurance that it will be an adventure. Harpreet begins to wear colors for not-so-happy occasions: He wears blue to the airport because he's nervous and gray when he's sad. Most often of all, however, Harpreet wears white, as he feels shy and doesn't want to be seen. Will Harpreet ever feel like his cheerful self in his new home? Kelkar's telling of Harpreet's story is crisp and straightforward, and Marley's bright illustrations tactfully and subtly convey cultural differences that make Harpreet feel different from and invisible to his peers. In the lunchroom scene with all the other children, for example, Harpreet has in front of him a large plate of traditional Indian chapati (bread) and dal (lentils), whereas his peers are shown munching on more "American" dishes (like cake). An afterword by Simran Jeet Singh, a scholar and professor of Sikhism, helps contextualize this story for readers who are not familiar with the religion. This simple yet sensitive story about a child coming to terms with things beyond his control will resonate across cultures.” —Kirkus

“The digital illustrations depict Harpreet as joyful and exuberant, which makes his shift to sadness and isolation after the move palpable. Subtle details in the illustrations, such as kids staring at Harpreet’s ‘different’ lunch, position him not only as the new kid, but underscore his feelings of isolation as a cultural outsider. Harpreet’s symbolic color system is used masterfully to add depth to the illustrations, as on the page where Harpreet sits, small and alone wearing shy white, on a background of joyful celebratory pink as a cascade of Valentines—most with his name misspelled—floats away.  VERDICT A lovely story about change and belonging that provides much-needed representation. A first purchase for all libraries.”—School Library Journal (Starred review)

“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
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

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 PieThe Sandalwood Pyre, and Ahimsa. Learn more at supriyakelkar.com.

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 aleamarley.co.uk.

Pub Date: 9/3/2019

ISBN: 9781454931843

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 8.5 x 10.875 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 to 7

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 30