The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan"
"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she... show more
"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call. But Mulan never expects to find a friend, let alone a soul mate, in the commander of her division, Prince Jian. For all of Mulan's courage with a bow and arrow, is she brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with Prince Jian?
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 10th 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, Fairy Tale Retellings
Series: Once Upon A Time Fairytales
Sections in this review: Research. Writing. Characters.Research—I was pleasantly surprised at how closely this followed the ancient poem "The Ballad of Mulan", who is a historical figure who make have lived around the Northern Wei dynasty.I had low expectations for this since this was my first time ...
2.5 stars. About what I expected, really, based on my memories of the Once Upon a Time series. But I hoped for more, because "The Ballad of Mulan" is such a fantastic story. Hilariously, I think the Disney version was probably more realistic in regards to everyone's reaction to Mulan's rejection of ...
When I saw that this book was my Cameron Dokey, I really wanted to read it, since I enjoyed her GOLDEN a lot. Anyways, it wasn't worth scrounging and searching the whole internet for. Just saying that. But it was still good! I think I was in a grumpy mood when I read this and didn't really care what...
Quite enjoyed this one. Probably just as much as the Disney version of "Mulan". My only real complaint is that it seemed really short and the romance aspect was sort of shallow. There was no real 'chance' for the relationship between Mulan and her prince to be developed before they were declaring th...
My one problem with this book was that it should have been longer. I love that the story dwelt on Mulan's relationship with her father -- the gradual development from strangers to an actual relationship was very well done.Except it pretty much took up an entire half of the story. The rest of it -- t...