Tara Binns – giving little girls big ideas
If there’s one thing that makes me REALLY mad it’s the expectation that girls can’t do certain things.
We’re supposed to live in a post-bra-burning society where we can do anything right? But I read an interesting article at FT.com about the labyrinth women still face alongside the famed glass ceiling and let’s face it there are still precious few women in the important roles in society.
I do wonder how many teenage girls these days have aspirations of being Prime Minister or the CEO of a major corporation?
Of course there are trailblazers who inspire us everyday with their rise to the top but surely it’s got to start at the bottom, when our girls – and boys for that matter – are young, impressionable and full of expectation.
Surely that’s the time for us as parents to plant the seed that ANYTHING is possible. Whether they want to run the country, set up their own business or excel in a profession that breaks gender-boundaries, their lives are ahead of them and the page is blank until they write it.
That’s why I really love the Tara Binns range of books by Lisa Rajan. When I heard about it I just had to get hold of a copy from Lisa to share with you because it speaks so much about giving kids the promise of possibility.
Tara Binns is a clever departure from the princesses and fairies that often dominate books with female characters. She solves problems, invents things, learns new skills, has bright ideas, helps other people, makes tough decisions, and shows how practical, resourceful, capable and kind every little girl can be.
Tara’s adventures – that start off with her putting on a costume from her toy chest that she wouldn’t normally choose – show her that little girls can be or do anything – nothing is off limits and no jobs are just ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’. They aim to inspire children, show them all the opportunities out there and plant big ideas in little minds.
In the first book in the series – – she finds herself flying a jumbo jet, and in skillfully avoiding a terrible thunderstorm happens upon what MIGHT be an old pirate treasure map. What she does with the treasure she finds is such a sweet touch. (Opps… spoiler alert!)
There are two more books coming up in the series – in Crash Test Genius Tara becomes an engineer while in Double Choc Doc she becomes a doctor – and all the books are written in a lovely rhythmic way with gorgeous illustrations.
Our eldest, Curly Girl, completely loved Eagle-Eyed Pilot, the first in the series, and can’t wait to get her hands on – available to pre-order from Amazon now by the way. She really identified with Tara Binns and I’m glad to say that she didn’t question her position of authority.
And at five years old, why would she? Girls can do ANYTHING, right? Let’s keep ringing that bell for ALL our children, girls and boys.
What did you want to be when you were little? Did you feel more constrained in your choices as you got older? Do you think the glass ceiling still exists? As always I love to read your comments!