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China's Woman Warrior

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The Ballad of Mulan

Retold and illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

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    The story of the female general, Mulan, was originally a folk song dating from the Northern Wei dynasty, A.D.386-534.

    According to legend, there was a young woman named Mulan whose aged father was conscripted. Mulan, unwilling to see her father fighting in a war, disguised herself as a man and joined the army in his place.
   For the next ten years she showed remarkable skill as a warrior and became a female general. Her true identity remained hidden from her comrades until the very end.