Born of an Eclipse
At high noon the moon slides in front of the sun and darkens the world. Grammy beats her chest, pleading for the Sun God to return, but the world remains dark.
At the moment of deepest gloom, a cry pierces the darkness.
Ahni is born!
“Born bad!” Pap curses. “Best we leave her for the wolves.”
- Internet searches using key words: feral child(ren), raised by wolves, omens, superstitions.
- Internet searches for photos of logging camps, wanigans, cook shacks, etc.
- Julie of the Wolves. Jean Craighead George. HarperCollins, 1972.
- The Little People and the Water of Life by Ronda J. Snow and published by Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, 2021.
- Pium paum. Finnish Children’s song. (may be heard online)
Born of an Eclipse blends the folktales of loggers and their dark superstitions—which victimize Ahni. Despite her unfair circumstances and the harsh conditions of the logging camp, Ahni remains plucky and endearing. Determined to find her place in the world, she will surely find her place in your heart. (Linda Glaser is the author of over 30 books including Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award)
An imaginative tale … Johnson’s musical prose captures the folktale quality of [Born of An Eclipse]. (Kirkus Reviews)
I’ve always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fiction that depict feral children, especially those reared by wild animals such as wolves, apes, monkeys, and bears. Famous examples include Romulus and Remus, Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli, and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan.
In my research I found an intriguing story about Amala and Kamala who were allegedly feral girls of Bengal, India, raised by a wolf family.
Superstitions are a way humans try to explain the inexplicable. They play an important role in Born of an Eclipse. It is easy to scoff at such beliefs, but how many hotels do not have a 13th floor? Or have you ever said something like Knock on wood?