We have been waiting for a children's book that explored Indian classical music and mathematics. In this picture book, Shyama Panikkar narrates the story of Riaan and Nyra who travel to Kerala to visit their grandparents. Their grandma decides to entertain them in a game of hopscotch and Nyra gets a wonderful idea. She suggests that they write Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa in the hopscotch squares instead of numbers. Both the siblings learn classical music and they know the 7 swaras of Indian classical music. Grandma is excited too and they decide to play a fun game - bounce the ball and count, sing and jump. Their cousins from next door, Anup and Veda, join in too. They try different games and create different musical patterns. They learn about different ragas - Raag Durga or Shuddha Saveri, Raag Bhupali or the Mohanam in South India, and so many more. Indian classical music and all its elements are represented cleverly in the illustrations. Children will understand and appreciate them to the fullest. We love how the author weaves Indian classical music into the story so effortlessly. She connects music to everyday sounds around the children, right from the tinkle of anklets and the squawk of a parrot to the ring of the milkman's cycle, resulting in an orchestra that they never anticipated. We are passionate about Indian classical music at Toka Box and we have been longing for a book that combines music and STEM so perfectly. Do check out Bounce Bop Raaga Pop!