Parenting is a Journey
An Adventure of Discovery Not Only of our Children But of Ourselves as Well
Oaklander Lucille Lang Day announces the November release of her children’s picture book The Rainbow Zoo. With lavish illustrations by Hayward artist Gina Aoay Orosco, the book takes children on a tour of a special zoo where the animals are wild colors: like the saffron cow (possibly an acknowledgment of how India holds the cow sacred, and also uses saffron in much of its cooking?) and the indigo frogs. Let’s not even get started on the plaid hot dogs!
“To me, the diversity element is implied in the book: we needn’t have preconceptions about what color living beings ‘should’ be, and whatever color they are, they are fun, beautiful, and special,” says Day. “I hope that young readers will feel that way about both animals and people. My first children’s book, Chain Letter, also had an implicit message. The text of that book is a humorous chain letter, and the message is that superstition is silly.”
Besides an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University, Day has an M.A. in zoology from UC Berkeley: this book pretty nicely teams her two interests! “I wrote The Rainbow Zoo after a visit to the Oakland Zoo with my grandchildren,” says Day.
She was also the director of the Hall of Health, a museum in Berkeley for 17 years. “It was sponsored by Children’s Hospital, and, sadly, closed in 2009,” she adds. “Anyhow, we saw a lot of children on school field trips!”
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Arcades are wonderful, except the quarters never last as long as you think they should. Enter the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, where you pay a flat fee upon entry and all the machines are set on “free play.” Kids 12 and under pay an astonishingly-low $10 to play all day on 100 machines. Besides the sheer joy of access to the machines, the museum stresses an educational mission: “To teach science, art and history through pinball, and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture. “ The museum is looking to expand STEAM classes and traveling exhibitions.
Check out a special event Nov. 11-13, the “Shoot the Moon: the Return of the Pacific Pinball Expo,” with a VIP event the evening of the 10th. This takes place off-site, at a storage facility at Alameda Point, at 1680 Viking St. The VIP event includes open bar and a silent auction, among other goodies. (510) 769.1349, 1510 Webster St. in Alameda. www.pacificpinball.org. Open daily except Mondays and holidays; check website for hours.
Admission: Family All Day Pass: $50 (2 Adults & 2 Kids 12 and under); Adult All Day Pass: $20; Children 12 and under: $10 (Flat Rate, good for All Day); Students, Military, and Over 65: $15 (with valid ID); Adult One Hour: $10 (No “In and Out” privileges)