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Tara Binns: High-Flying Pilot (Band 12/Copper)

Written by Lisa Rajan

Illustrated by Alessia Trunfio

Part of the Collins Big Cat Series

Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on Tara Binns: High-Flying Pilot (Band 12/Copper)

An inspirational heroine magically transported into a thrilling adventure in the skies.

Tara Binns never knows what will happen when she opens her old dressing up box in the attic. In this first of her anti-stereotypical adventures she suddenly finds herself the pilot of a jet plane flying high above the ocean and scarily responsible for the lives of passengers and crew.

Luckily she is always accompanied on these adventures by Ayesha and Ortez who encourage her to have faith in her abilities and work through the problems ahead.  Even a tropical storm and an emergency landing can be tackled by this quick witted heroine.

Aimed at readers ready for longer chapters with more complex ideas and with a diverse and representative cast of characters this colourfully illustrated and engaging series is an excellent choice for the classroom or library.

I can see that Tara Binns is all set to be the Mr Ben of this generation and this time we have a female role model! David McKee’s book and TV series no doubt inspired many boys in the 1980’s to reach for their dreams- whatever they may be.

But as the WISE campaign for gender balance in STEM professions, which endorses this series from Collins Big Cat, tells us: only 8% of girls go on to study STEM subjects and only 22% of women are employed in STEM careers. Tara Binns could help to change that and inspire girls to open their eyes to their full potential!

Each story in this book banded series has a reading guide at the back providing practical support and stimulating activity ideas. There is a full teaching guide and lesson plan available on the website https://collins.co.uk/pages/tara-binns and WISE are providing real life case studies for each of the careers featured.

Double-quick Doctor and Big Idea Engineer are available now and 3 more STEM career titles will follow later in the year.

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More About This Book

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.

To accompany this title Collins Big Cat have produced a resource pack which includes tips for reading sessions and vocabulary enrichment, to help with lesson planning and guided reading. Download here.

Tara Binns: High-Flying Pilot (Band 12/Copper) Synopsis

When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns finds herself in the pilot's seat of a passenger plane - and she's the pilot! When a big storm appears ahead of them, will Tara be able to think calmly and logically to avert disaster?

This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: High-Flying Pilot (Band 12/Copper) Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

If, like me, this is the first time you have met Tara Binns, you are in for quite an adventure! This is satisfying adventure story, in 7 chapters. Full review

Debra Farquhar (Librarian Reviewer)

With the help of a magical dressing-up box, Tara Binns experiences another gripping adventure, this time as a pilot navigating through dangerous weather. Full review

Sarah Blows (Librarian Reviewer)

An excellent series based around STEM careers. High-flying Pilot covers multiple themes and is exciting and adventurous. Full review

Lisa Penman (Librarian Reviewer)

Colourful illustrations and recurring themes add to the enjoyment young readers will experience learning about the world of work as they learn to read with these delightful chapter books. Full review

Jane Welby (Librarian Reviewer)

Calling all adventurers! From touching a costume box in her attic, Tara is transported into the roles of different jobs. Come and find out where she goes, and what it is like to be a pilot/engineer/doctor/... Full review

Jamie Marshall (Teacher Reviewer)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008306564
Publication date: 25th January 2019
Author: Lisa Rajan
Illustrator: Alessia Trunfio
Publisher: Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Lisa Rajan

Lisa Rajan writes children’s books that raise aspiration, promote ambition and challenge gender stereotypes. She is the author of the Collins Big Cat Tara Binns titles, which introduce a range of STEM careers to a primary school audience through exciting adventure stories.   A scientist herself, Lisa has a BSc in Biotechnology and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London. She has worked in scientific research, scientific publishing and medical copywriting. She was an elected member on Southwark Council from 2002 to 2016, and was political lead for Environment and for Children’s Services between 2006 and 2010. &...

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