The ballad of Mulan is the epic poem that tells the story of Hua Mulan, the legendary heroine who takes the place of her aging father to fight for her country and save his life. She fights with her army for ten years, at the end of which her only wish is to return home. Her comrades are unaware that she is a women until she has returned home, and gets dressed in her women's clothing and makeup.
FA Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior by Robert D. San Souci. We read this book first, since the retelling of the poem is in storybook fashion, which is more interesting for Elle (10). The author follows the traditional sequence of events, but uses his historical and cultural knowledge to fill in the scenes as a story.
The Song of Mu Lan by Jeanne M. Lee. After reading the story, we read this translated version of the ballad. The book is beautifully illustrated in watercolors, and has the original poem in calligraphy accompanying the translation. The ballad has a great rhythm, and Pea, who particularly enjoys poetry, favored this book.
Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" (Once upon a Time) by Cameron Dokey. This short novel retelling of the ballad was read by Pea, and she enjoyed it. She says it was an easy read, with a great degree of focus on Mulan's childhood.
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