Based on the Chinese “Ballad of Mulan”, a legend tale about a young girl who goes in disguise as a boy and joins the army in her brother’s place. A Girls of Courage Tale.

Mulan Story

Mulan Audio Story based on the Short Story

Many years ago China was in the middle of a great war.  The Emperor said that each Chinese family must give one man to fight in the army. Mulan heard this news when she was outside washing clothes.

 She ran into the house.  “Father, did you hear the news?” she said.

“I did,’ said her old father sadly.  “I saw a poster in town.  Well, I must go pack now.”  And he walked away very slowly.  

“But Father!” said Mulan, “You are not well.  If you go, I fear you may not come back.  Why, in your old age, should you have to keep up with all those young men?”


“Father, did you hear the news?” she said.


“Ah,” said her father with a sigh.  “We have no choice but to do as our Emperor commands.  Your brother is still a child.  He cannot go.”

“Of course,” said Mulan.  “But wait!  There may be another way.”

Mulan went to the next room.  With one stroke of a sword, she cut off her hair. And then she put on her father’s robe.

Standing before her father, Mulan said, “I am your son now.”

“No, my dear!” said her father. “You cannot do this!”


Standing before her father, Mulan said, “I am your son now.”


“I must.  And I will,“ said Mulan.  “For years, you trained me in Kung Fu.  You taught me how to use a sword.”  Mulan swung the sword back and forth with might.

“Only so you could defend yourself!” said her father.  “I never meant for you to go to war!  And if you are found out to be a woman, you will surely die.”

“No one will find out, Father,” said Mulan.  She picked up the sword and climbed on a horse.  She kissed her father goodbye. And off she went to join the Emperor’s army.


“If you are found out to be a woman after all, you will die!”


Year after year, Mulan served in the army.  She fought so bravely that she was put in charge of a group of soldiers.  Then she became in charge of more, and even more soldiers.  At last, Mulan was given the job to be the General of all the army.  

Not long after that, a terrible fever swept through the army.  Many soldiers became sick.  And so was Mulan. 

When the doctor came out of Mulan's tent, he knew the truth about their General.

“The General is a woman?” yelled the soldiers.  “How can this be?”  Some called out, “She tricked us!” and “We will not fight for a woman!” Some said, “Punish her!”  But others called out, in voices just as loud, “With Mulan, we win every battle!” They said,“Let our General be!”

Just then, a soldier ran up.  “An attack!” he called.  “A surprise attack!”

Mulan heard this news from inside her tent.  Quickly, she dressed and went outside.  She was not yet well, but she stood tall.  She told the soldiers where they must go to hide and attack the enemy.  But they must move fast!  The soldiers, even those who did not like that their General was a woman, could tell that Mulan knew just what she was talking about. 

It worked!  The battle was won and China was saved!  You can be sure that after that battle, no one cared anymore that Mulan was a woman.


She stood tall and ordered the soldiers where they must go to attack the enemy.


The Emperor was glad.  He gave Mulan many fine gifts.  “Please, stay with me in the palace.” he said. “And be my adviser.”  

Mulan bowed deeply.  “Thank you,” she said.  “But what I wish most of all is to return home to my family.”

“At least take your gifts,” said the Emperor.

So Mulan returned to her family with six fine horses behind her, and six fine swords. Everyone cheered that she was safe, and that the one who had saved China was their very own Mulan!




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