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The Clan of the cave bear is the first of Jean Auel's Earth's children series. Ayla, a tall, blond, blue-eyed girl lost her family in an earthquake. She is nurtured and protected by some members of the Clan, but there are those who would cast her out because of her strange and threatening ways. Ayla's adventures 25,000 years ago include details of the world as it might have been.
Ayla and her young family are welcomed by the Zeladonii and they make a home for themselves in a stone cave, but, while their first priority is to care for her daughter, Jonayla, Ayla and her husband, Jondalar, encounter problems in their new community and Ayla uses her skills to come up with innovations to make life easier as she prepares for her initiation as a Zelandoni.
Ayla and Jondalar continue their epic journey across Ice Age Europe to join Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii, confronting new hardships and perilous challenges along the way. After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young...
Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear: how they lived, the animals they hunted, the great totems they revered, and Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, Ayla's fair looks make her different. Although Ayla is clearly a member of the Others, she is gradually accepted into the family circle. But there are those who would cast her out for her strange, threatening ways.
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