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The Ballad of Mulan: English, Vietnamese

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  16 reviews
According to legend, there was a young woman named Mulan whose aged and frail father was conscripted. Mulan, unwilling to see her father fighting in a war, disguises herself as a man and joins the army in his place. For the next ten years she shows remarkable skill as a warrior and becomes a famous general. Her true identity remains hidden from her comrades until the very ...more
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Pan Asian Publications (USA) (first published January 1st 1998)
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Nov 02, 2014 M/Ðɑηηɑ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M/Ðɑηηɑ by: No one, sadly...
I have read the original, illustrated ballad of Mulan.
I must say, the Chinese writers of this specific ballad are very different from Westerners writers. It is for, the Chinese writers do not let any emotion slip into the ballad. They wrote it as it was, and that is it. That is why I am awfully disappointed, and I feel like the Disney movie, my favorite as a young girl, was so much better, so thrilling, so real. I love the adaption, although they probably changed a lot of things. Still, Disney w
Drew Graham
Mulan lived with her family in peaceful northern China. But when news of war reaches their home, Mulan is dismayed to see her aged father's name on the Emperor's enlistment scrolls. Unwilling to allow her sickly parent to go to war, probably never to return, Mulan disguises herself as a young man and goes to war in his place, leading her to perform great and brave deeds, her identity as a woman unknown to all around her.

When I reached Mulan in my Disney source material read-through, I came to th
Dec 22, 2014 Aleta added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Disney fans, readers interested in china
Very short with seemingly irrelevant details and a lack of details of what would seem to be any resemblance to a “plot”, this is quite different from anything I'm used to. Trying to rate this would be like trying to tell a pilot how to do his job – I don't know anything of Chinese literature, society or culture, which means I have absolutely no idea whether this is a good or bad example of a Chinese ballad. Add to that the very different translations that are out there on the internet and you ha ...more
I like the story of Mulan when I was a little girl. I did little research about the children books about Mulan. In the research, there are seven Chinese children books and movies that were examined, and they are all about Mulan who is a famous heroine in Chinese traditional legends. She, as a girl, stands up to protect her country when her country was invaded. The story was originally described in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan. In the poem, Mulan took her aged father's place in the ...more
Stunning and absolutely beautiful. I need to take time to digest this book properly before I give it the review and promotion it deserves, but basically: no fan of the tale of Mulan will be left wanting if you own a copy of this book!!

Full review to come!
Dewi Wardani
Between the mythology and reality, ... the version of Western is a bit different with this ballad.. there is always someone like her in any society, circumstances.The wisdom, don't blame what happened, but learn also why it's happened .. more less
Sharon Medina
This is a folk tale about a girl who disguised herself as a man which led the army of China in war and won against their enemy and written as a poem. With her hard work and courage she had gained the respect and rank. She was very proud of her father and remained in her heart and honored him. She finally returned home and changed out of her armor and into her favorite dress. When she appeared, her men could not believe that for the past ten years they fought side by side and never realized that ...more
I think there was too much missing from this fable to make much sense. I would like to read a more complete Mulan story.
beautiful illustrations, quick story outline

This book has striking illustrations. You might know the story from the Disney retelling. Mulan disguises herself as a man and joins the army so that her old, frail father doesn't have to go to war. Over the course of ten years she shows herself to be a remarkable warrior and becomes a famous general. However, her true identity as a female remains hidden until the very end of the tale. Over fifteen centuries later, Mulan continues to be an inspiration
This is a great telling of the story of Mulan. Very different from the American/ Disney version. Refreshing.

This book would be great to pair with other books depicting the story of Mulan in a Social Studies classroom so that you could look at perspectives and how stories change depending on what culture they are written through. We can also look at cultural stereotypes and how they are portrayed when stories are written within and outside of a culture.
The poem is so short, adding this as a book feels like cheating. But I did enjoy reading it and I want to remember it, so I add it nonetheless.

I'd really love to read the original ballad (translated into English) but can't find anything that would be accessible, except this picture book.
As much as I love the Disney version, the Chinese stereotypes are sometimes a little cringe-worthy. The original poem is best.
Wonderful "girl power" story. Love the Disney movie too.
Britney Le
She wants to fight for her father.
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