Retold and illustrated by Song Nan Zhang. According to legend, there was a young woman in China named Mulan. Her aged and frail father was drafted to fight in the war. Unwilling to see her father fighting in the war, Mulan disguised herself as a man and joined the army in his place. The story of this legendary woman first appeared in ballads sung during fourth-century China, known as the Northern Wei dynasty. For hundreds of years, Mulan has been an inspiration for Chinese girls and women.