It might be based on a real story, or the ballad might have taken inspiration from female Chinese warriors of those times. There is great detail to every scene and the gorgeous, detailed images capture the mood, setting, and emotions that go along with the text on each page. Abundant examples of female chastity, footbinding, the indentured servant-wife, and the cult of widow fidelity have been published in observations of Westerners. In this retelling of The Ballad of Mulan, the Chinese folktale comes to life through striking full-color illustrations. I think it would be a hit with students. Hua Mulan portrays herself as one who can complete any task and one who shows responsibility.
Source: By: Has anyone written a version where Mulan fights the Japanese during world war two? I felt I had to explain a lot of words and shorten a lot of sentences for my preschooler who is normally able to understand longer words in context. Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior, written by Robert San Souci, is the retelling of the original Chinese poem that inspired the Disney movie. The tale continues with Mulan leaving for the battlefield carrying the sword inherited from the ancestors of the family. During the war, she met an officer, who is normally named Jin Yong , with whom she fell in love. Mulan defies the odds of a stereotypical girls by impersonating a man and sets off to train with the other recruits. Accompanied by the beautiful illustrations of Jean and Mou-sien Tseng, this story of a brave heroine truly comes to life! It is only when she dons her old clothes, her fellow army men are flabbergasted when they come to know that their peer since 12 years is a woman.
This book could be incorporated into a lesson on Chinese culture and diversity. In many versions of the story both Mulan and Jin Yong dream about getting married to each other. The name Mu-lan appears in different spelling versions. The Ballad of Hua Mulan is set in the era 386—536. The story of Hua Mulan has inspired countless generations through the centuries. Fa Mulan gives readers a wonderful glimpse into the Chinese culture and more specifically what it is like to be a woman in China. The reaction of the soldiers was one full of respect and admiration.
As The Legend of Hua Mulan depicts a girl going to war in place of her father, the Disney Mulan introduces Mulan as a disappointment to the parents, This proves that she has the confidence in herself to fight for her country. A telling case is Wen T'ing-yun's Yueh-fu poem Ch'un-hsiao ch'u. For more information on these enhancements and matching beginning readers with texts, visit. After twelve years of fighting, the army returns and the warriors are rewarded. Your deeds are enough to fill twelve books.
Many anonymous ballads are recorded in later works said to date from Han times, a dynasty which spans over 400 years Watson 289. This is a very old Chinese story of a warrior woman who, at the time women were prohibited from serving in the Khan's army, pretended to be a man to save her aging father, and her family and entered into the Khan's service, where she overcame her own fears and rose through the ranks to become a general who directed a victorious campaign against the Tatars. The artwork has some nice color and effects, but I had some issues with the characters themselves -- their proportions and designs seemed a little inconsistent and fudged here and there. This particular retelling dates back to the earliest versions of The Song of Mulan, probably composed during the Northern and Southern Dynasties A. In conclusion, traditionally women warriors are faced by only two possible results. This legend proves every bit of it, reflecting a woman who fights for her father, her family's glory, and her country. Disney's version of the has subsequently appeared in other media and promotions, mainly as part of the product line.
Quick-witted and well-skilled in martial arts, Hua MuIan fights valiantly and scores many victories throughout her many years in the army, never once having her real identity revealed. This is something that the narrative and illustrations portray well and these aspects give this story value in the classroom. In time, other soldiers also started to find out that Mulan was a woman. With the publication of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warriorin the late 1970s, Mulan first became familiar to American audiences who were fascinated with the extraordinary Asian American character. However, Mulan asked for nothing but a horse to ride home. Our publications are mainly centred on Asian culture, including history, philosophy, health practices, art and literature.
Legends say that after 10 years on the battlefield Mulan was promoted to general. Wikimedia Commons An 18th-century depiction of Hua Mulan. In battle, Mulan must find her bravery and her strength to become the legendary woman warrior she is destined to be. After an injury trying to save Li Shang's life, it is revealed that she is actually a woman. As the female warrior becomes the savior of not only her family but her entire nation, she proves to the little girl watching her that they have all it takes to head their own families, to protect them.
Mulan is introduced as a clumsy tomboy who did not think she would ever bring honor to her family. Third graders would go crazy for this story because it is likely they have already seen the movie and would have fun getting to read it in book for I loved this book! I had forgotten this chant that was once mine, given me by my mother, who may not have known its power to remind. ² Although their texts arguably target young readers, they include elements for adult readers to comprehend in an attempt to appeal to adult mediators, such as parents, teachers, and librarians. Legends about both of these women were eventually connected into one story. San Souci also noted that the The Song of Mulan was created during a period of unrest as the Chinese and the Tartars or Tatars who lived beyond the northern border in what is now known to be Mongolia and Manchuria continued to strive for dominance and power. And the book mentions the Maiden of Yueh several times.
The writing itself was fine, it told the story and added a few little embellishments, most of which were harmless and enhanced the story, but it didn't feel as authentic as the other one I read. Though the movie is too much 'Disney-like', employing comic fictional characters, the story is loosely based on the legend of Hua Mulan, a Chinese folklore. Teachers could choose two different cultures and do a compare and contrast and context clues to each culture. However, although the reviews do compliment this book and recommend it to readers of all ages, they do not go on to really compliment Souci and his writing technique. I also enjoy the message that this book has to offer in t Personal Reaction- I enjoyed reading the story of Mulan because it is a fantastic piece of Chinese culture. Additionally it explains the functions of the major yangbanxi female heroes against these standards to evaluate whether it is conventional to confront customary paradigms Slavicek 58.
She chose to end her life instead. Mulan is a woman who takes the place of her father in the Chinese army during a war. The officials of the bureau would collect folk songs from various parts of the country to provide inspiration for their work. It is only until after the war, however, that our heroine reveals the truth. She attends to her appearance by fixing her hair, by now cloudlike, maybe white after those years of hard work and sacrifice. In the last five years the traditional Chinese poem has been published in various versions of children books. The war scenes show outfits of past Chinese warriors and they are quite intriguing.