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Clan of the Cave Bear 49 editions

Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear | Jean M. Auel
About the Book

Book 1 of the Earth's Children® Series

In this first book of the beloved Earth's Children® series, Jean M. Auel takes readers back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps them up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined.

Over 30,000 years ago, in a world we know but would not recognize, a young girl of five plays by herself on a creek bank. Suddenly, her world shifts, as a cataclysmic earthquake leaves her an orphan in a harsh Ice Age landscape.

A way away, a group of people now called Neanderthals also finds their world changed, as the quake destroys the cave they've called home. They must journey to find a new place to live.

It is during this odyssey that the Clan of the Cave Bear first encounters the lost child of “The Others” named Ayla. She is starving and half-dead from a wound on her thigh made by a cave lion defending her cubs. A medicine woman from the Clan, named Iza, receives permission to try to heal her. Despite her advanced pregnancy and the large load she is already carrying, Iza will not leave the child to the elements. Iza carries her along with the Clan, determined to heal her, and survive this trial. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur (magician), grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza's way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

Thus begins the epic tale of Ayla–blonde, blue-eyed, straight-legged, and vocal--considered bizarre and unattractive by her adoptive Clan. In Ayla's story readers find what very well may be the story of human survival, for it is by wit, instinct, adaptation, and gathering knowledge that Ayla thrives among a people who are not like her, in a society that sees her as strange, in a world where elements, animals, and the enmity of others make surviving each day a challenge.
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The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend in the small river.
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49 editions First published in 1980

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Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
June 10, 2004, Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD
MP3 CD in English - MP3 Una edition
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
June 10, 2004, Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Lib Ed
MP3 CD in English - Unabridged edition
Cover of: Ayla, Figlia Della Terra
Ayla, Figlia Della Terra
October 2003, I Tascabili Degli Editori Associati
Paperback in Italian
Cover of: El clan del oso cavernario
El clan del oso cavernario
2002 05, Simon & Schuster Libros en Español
Paperback in Spanish - 1st edition Simon & Schuster Libros en Español
Cover of: The Clan Of The Cave Bear
The Clan Of The Cave Bear
2002-03, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - Bantam Reissue (72)
Cover of: Les Enfants de la Terre, tome 1
Les Enfants de la Terre, tome 1 : Le Clan de l'ours des cavernes
April 30, 2002, Presse de la cité
Paperback
Cover of: El clan de oso cavernario
El clan de oso cavernario
February 28, 2002, Ediciones Maeva
Paperback
Cover of: El Clan Del Oso Cavernario (Hijos de la Tierra)
El Clan Del Oso Cavernario (Hijos de la Tierra)
June 2002, Grupo Oceano
Paperback in Spanish
Cover of: LA Clan De L'Ours Des Cavernes
LA Clan De L'Ours Des Cavernes
March 2002, Presse Pocket
Mass Market Paperback in French
Cover of: LA Clan De L'Ours Des Cavernes
LA Clan De L'Ours Des Cavernes
March 2002, Presse Pocket
Mass Market Paperback in French
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear
2002, Crown Publishers
Hardcover in English - Special Collector's Edition; 2001 edition (1)
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
February 28, 2002, CD Unabridged
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
Cover of: Grottbjörnens folk
Grottbjörnens folk
2002, Bra böcker
Paperback in Swedish
Cover of: The Clan Of The Cave Bear
The Clan Of The Cave Bear
2002, Random House Large Print
Hardcover in English - 1st Large print ed.
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
2002, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: Clan del Oso Cavernario, El - Los Hijos de La Tierra
Clan del Oso Cavernario, El - Los Hijos de La Tierra
December 2001, Maeva
Paperback in Spanish
Cover of: Clan del Oso Cavernario
Clan del Oso Cavernario
October 2000, Oceano
Paperback
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
October 1, 1999, Brilliance Audio Unabridged
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1998, Wings Book
in English
Cover of: Pleme spiljskog medvjeda
Pleme spiljskog medvjeda
1997, Izvori
in Croatian
Cover of: El clan del oso cavernario
El clan del oso cavernario
1993, Círculo de Lectores, S.A.
Hardcover in Spanish
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1993, Chivers Press
in English - Large print ed.
Cover of: Klan niedzwiedzia jaskiniowego
Klan niedzwiedzia jaskiniowego
1993, Rebis
in Polish
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1992, Chivers
in English - Large print ed.
Cover of: Clan del Oso Cavernario, El
Clan del Oso Cavernario, El
November 1991, Vergara Editor S.A.
Hardcover in Spanish
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear
Clan of the Cave Bear
May 1991, Thorndike Pr
Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear
June 1991, Thorndike Press
Paperback in English - Largeprint edition
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children)
January 1990, Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
Turtleback in English
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
Clan of the Cave Bear, The (Earth's Children®)
December 1, 1986, Unabridged Library Edition
Audio Cassette in English - UNABRIDGED edition
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear (Bookcassette(r) Edition)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Bookcassette(r) Edition)
December 1, 1986, Bookcassette
Audio Cassette in English - Multitrack edition
Cover of: El Clan Del Oso Cavernario/the Clan of the Cave Bear
El Clan Del Oso Cavernario/the Clan of the Cave Bear
September 1985, Ediciones Maeva, S.A.
Paperback
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1985, Guild Publishing
in English
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: A Novel
1983 09, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - Bantam ed. , 13th printing (14)
Cover of: The Clan Of The Cave Bear
The Clan Of The Cave Bear: A Novel
1983-06, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - 12th printing.
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: a novel
1983-09, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - Bantam edition (19)
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: a novel
1983, Thorndike Press
in English - Large print ed.
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear
Clan of the Cave Bear
December 1983, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: A Novel
1982?, Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - Bantam edition, 11th printing
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear
1982?, Coronet Books
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear
Clan of the Cave Bear
May 1982, Bantam Doubleday Dell
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: The  Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: a novel
1981, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1981, Coronet, Hodder & Stoughton
in English - Pbk. ed.
Cover of: El Clan del Oso Cavernario
El Clan del Oso Cavernario
1981, Lasser Press Mexicana
in Spanish - 1. ed.
Cover of: Ayla
Ayla: l'enfant de la terre
1981, J'ai Lu
in French
Cover of: El Clan Del Oso Caveranario
El Clan Del Oso Caveranario
June 1980, Southeast Periodical Book Sales Inc
Paperback in English
Cover of: Clan of the Cave Bear Promotio
Clan of the Cave Bear Promotio
May 28, 1980, Crown
Hardcover in English
Cover of: The clan of the cave bear
The clan of the cave bear
1980, Hodder and Stoughton
in English
Cover of: The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear: A Novel
1980, Crown Publishers
Hardcover in English - 20th printing
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