Mulan: A Story in Chinese and English
written by Li Jian
Betterlink Press | ISBN 9781602209862
Paperback – 42 pages
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A long time ago in China, there lived a young girl named Mulan. Her father was a retired general who taught her many skills girls weren’t normally allowed to learn, like martial arts, archery, sword play and hot to ride a horse. One day, soldiers came to Mulan’s village. They told everyone China was in danger, and that a man from each family must join the army and fight. Mulan was terribly upset. Her father was too old, but was honour-bound to fight. If only she had been born a boy! That night, Mulan came up with a plan to save the honour of her family and her father’s life.
Early the next morning, disguised as a boy, Mulan took a horse and her father’s armour before leaving to join the army. No one recognized her, and Mulan was very careful to never let anyone know she was really a girl. Mulan’s bravery, courage and the skills she learned from her father helped her to succeed. Over twelve years, Mulan fought against the threat to China before finally helping to win the war. When she was offered a reward from the emperor for her incredible courage, Mulan instead asked for a horse so she could return home to her family.