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The Ballad of Mulan

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  118 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A folk song dating from the Northern Wei dynasty (A.D. 386-534) tells about Mulan disguising herself as a man and taking her father's place in battle.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Pan Asian Publications (USA) (first published January 1st 1998)
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Keelynn Hardy
Feb 07, 2016 Keelynn Hardy rated it it was amazing
I arranged my thoughts on this beautiful poem into a haiku as best as I could:

"Saving one's country
Is but a grand byproduct
Of protecting home."
Nov 02, 2014 Amarice rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amarice 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
Dec 22, 2014 Aleta added it
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
Mar 13, 2012 Lzhao rated it it was amazing
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
Stephany Hensley
Dec 08, 2015 Stephany Hensley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a wonderful fantasy story about a young girl named Mulan. She lives in China, and when her father is sworn into war by the law, Mulan disguises herself as a man, to serve in the army, to protect her older father from being sent into war. She serves in the war and does very well, until she had to get medical help and her true identity was found. She still overcomes the hardships of war, by the side of her guardian angel the red dragon. She defeats the enemy and China admires her for her b ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: me
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
May 19, 2014 Andie rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 27, 2014 Dewi Wardani rated it liked it
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
Kim T.
Aug 03, 2015 Kim T. rated it it was amazing
We talked about similarities and differences between this story and the Disney movie. We also used it for an art and geography study reference. There were other ways to use this book as well.
Sharon Medina
Sep 12, 2013 Sharon Medina rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally different from the Disney version. Based on the Chinese poem. Bilingual book (Traditional Chinese/English)
Nov 19, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok
I think there was too much missing from this fable to make much sense. I would like to read a more complete Mulan story.
Feb 02, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
I think it missed some Mushu and a warrior transition song about how to be a man
Jan 24, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Beautiful edition of the famous folk song. I loved the art and the original Chinese characters are on each page.
Nov 22, 2010 Rachael rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 27, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
As much as I love the Disney version, the Chinese stereotypes are sometimes a little cringe-worthy. The original poem is best.
Jun 01, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Beautifully written version on this story!
Feb 23, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Wonderful "girl power" story. Love the Disney movie too.
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She wants to fight for her father.
Nov 10, 2012 Deni rated it it was amazing
<3 Loved it!
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