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Cudjoe wants the man to take him to the Negro Fort. Later in the story, the history of the fort is explained, a unique piece of history that I knew nothing about. Some other favori A collection of short stories dealing with local Florida Indians and folklore, there is a huge amount of history packed into this little book. I will say that my dislike for Andrew Jackson rose considerably after reading this book!! Meri Elena rated it liked it Jan 02, Amanda Robbins rated it it was amazing Jul 03, Donald Ryan rated it it was ok Apr 16, Linda rated it really liked it Feb 19, Julie Clark rated it did not like it Sep 22, Christina rated it it was ok Jan 21, Nikki rated it really liked it Jul 12, MapGirl rated it really liked it Apr 03, David Stringer rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Saundra rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Elizabeth rated it liked it Apr 11, Pineapple Press added it Apr 30, Jen Marie marked it as to-read Jun 08, Diana marked it as to-read May 12, Brent marked it as to-read Mar 05, Amanda marked it as to-read Mar 09, Karen Gouker added it Mar 29, Morgan marked it as to-read May 19, BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 20, Paju marked it as to-read May 26, Jeremy Southern marked it as to-read Sep 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Doug has also worked as a lobbyist for several environmental groups and as a naturalist for the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science. In between jobs, he has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a walk across the United States from coast to coast, and he Doug is the former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine, and he edited A Florida Wildlife Anthology: In between jobs, he has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a walk across the United States from coast to coast, and he has backpacked across Europe.

Doug is currently the assistant bureau chief for Florida's Office of Greenways and Trails. In , as the Florida paddling trails coordinator, he finished a three-year project scouting the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, a 1,plus mile sea kayaking trail around the entire state. She can sew, embroider, shoot an arrow, ride a horse, read, write and wield a sword. And because of all her skills and passion she will become a true hero of China. This one is one of my favorites.

Dokey captured the Chinese culture well. You sense how much respect they show for others and the importance of honor. Li Po her childhood friend teaches all she knows and I could see what was going to happen to him in the end. There is so much more action not that much but a lot more than the others and I appreciate that Mulan and Prince Jian are not physical knockouts but their characters are so bright.

I loved it and that's all I can say without giving away too much. Hua Mulan's tale is renowned among my people. I am of Singaporean nationality and of Chinese race, and therefore it is a part of our culture and tradition. Where I grew up, every child will undoubtedly come to know of the fearless, brave female warrior who disguised herself as a boy and went to war in her father's place, ultimately saving all of China.

Mulan's story is a gem, a diamond in the rough, especially in this patriarchal society where women are believed to be less capable than men. Yet Hua Mulan's tale is renowned among my people. Yet there have not been many Mulan retellings. I would literally sell my soul for Mulan completely reimagined by a diverse author, bringing out key aspects of the tale while adding some unique touches.

For this book I didn't exactly get the Mulan "retelling" I wanted - it was more of the exact story all over again. But then, I've already read one other retelling by Cameron Dokey, so I know her works are simple and follow the original tale word for word, and are perhaps targeted at a younger audience. Fortunately, this book was a quick read, which meant that the story didn't drag, preventing me from getting bored too easily.

It's not a particular chore to get through it, nor is there anything remotely terrible about the book, but it's rather bland and has nothing special to make it stand out at all. Apr 21, Abby rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved Mulan the disney movie as a kid, but I forgot how much until I read that book.

I now remember why I loved it and now love it again. Smart and Brave Heroine: She just wishes she could be herself without disgracing her family or her warrior father. She is so brave and strong. She is one of my favorite Heroines now. Sweet and Brave Hero: He risks everything he has to win honor for his family and to show his true face. In the end he view spoiler [ ends up paying the ultimate price, his life. Original Setting and Unique Plot: CHECK Sure, the basic plot was the same, but I am more than willing to overlook that because of the amount of depth and emotion that Cameron Dokey was able to add to the story.

And the characters were all fantastic. I loved them all, each and every one. They all portrayed such beautiful emotion and great character. Plot Twists and Page Turners: CHECK Not that many plot twists, but can you really expect than from a retelling of an old story already known by most? As for page turners, the writing is what inspired me to keep reading. It was beautiful and fantastic! All together an amazing read and recommended! Sep 03, Valerie rated it really liked it Shelves: Cameron Dokey never fails to get her point across. I love the Disney movie Mulan so I had no doubt that I wouldn't at least like this book.

I'm getting used to these short books. Mulan is a great protagonist. She is different from other girls and longs to be taught something other than embroidering and being a proper young girl. So she learns from her neighbor and friend to read, shot arrows, sword fight, etc.


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Basically what boys are supposed to be learning, not girls. The only downside to this Cameron Dokey never fails to get her point across. The only downside to this is that you keep on being reminded how great Mulan is. She is different, therefore special and you are reminded of this every other page or so.

It got a bit tiresome and I think I could've still gotten the message even if Dokey only mentioned it half as much. The first half of the book was a bit slow. I was expecting Mulan to set out on her adventure after a quarter of the book was though but it was almost halfway before she left home.

I guess it was so you could see the relationship between all the characters develop so I wasn't too bothered by it. Another thing was that there was one part of the book were I didn't think that Mulan was sad enough. She was sad but -in my opinion- not enough. I won't say what it is because it'll probably give away too much. I know I'm mostly writing what I didn't like but I did really like this book.

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I think it was the story in general that I liked so much. It was different from the Disney version but I still like this version too. So if you like the tale of Mulan then I say read it. I took great risks, but because I did, I also earned great rewards. I found the way to show my true face freely, without true fear. Because of this, I found true love. And I did save China. Mulan was one of the first Disney princesses I was introduced to when I was just starting to get into the requisite Disney princess phase.

In her quest to make the ultimate self-sufficient child, my mother forwent the usual introduction of Disney princesses by boycotting the older Disney princesses in favor of more independent women. Did I make the acquaintance of Snow White singing by the well for her true prince? Did I sing along with Cinderella as she scrubbed the floors, did the dishes, and was a general slave under the eyes of her stepmother and stepsisters? Did I dance with Sleeping Beauty and watch as a creeper stranger crept behind her in the woods and watched her fall hopelessly in instalove with him even though she knew him approximately two minutes.

The thing about Mulan was the beautiful fact that her storyline was so unique for a supposed Disney princess film. To bring honor to her family while at the same time being herself. For being a motherfucking badass warrior. She had badass things she had to do.

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The Mulan in this version is far from badass and far from being the kick-ass little lady you expect or want. Instead, we get a Mulan who tries to be a badass, has her glory moment for all of two seconds literally. Prince Jian maybe has six lines that he says to Mulan maximum, I counted , and four of those lines are declaring his feelings for her even though he only spoke to her about three times beforehand when she was disguised as a male. One interesting thing that this book does is take more elements of the original ballad than from the Disney movie.

Henceforth, Mulan becomes the daughter of the greatest general in China rather than a mere soldier, as well as have super-de-duper secret training in the art of warfare. So in a sense, she already knows all the skills she needs to know in order to go into battle. A girl who could ride a horse with or without a saddle. A girl who could shoot an arrow from a bow made for a tall, strong man and still hit her target.

A girl who had never wanted what other girls want. A girl unlike any other girl in China. However, I actually was kind of disappointed in the knowledge that Mulan already knew everything, because then she had nothing to prove. She already did all these things as well as any other man. In the movie, Mulan knew nothing about fighting or warfare; she had to start from square one, which made for a more compelling storyline for the audience. Which makes her quest to save China from the evil Huns who get less than one chapter rather… anti-climactic.

For more badassery, either read the ballad or watch the movie. But I guess they had to go with the flow as far as the marketing was concerned, not to mention that Mulan is technically a Disney princess, albeit she never actually was one. Let's get down to business To defeat the Huns Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons? I dreamt of being Mulan, of being a hero. Of being as good or better than a man. As a child, Mulan was the ultimate strong woman in my eyes, and she kind of still is. You're the saddest bunch I ever met But you can bet, before we'r Let's get down to business To defeat the Huns Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?

And as you can guess, this one was about the Ballad of Mulan. Hua Mulan, savior of China. I watched the Disney movie lots and lots of time. I can sing you the songs and do a quite good impression of Mushu. I expected a tragic, more accurate version of the real legend. But I did not obtain what I wanted, and this was disappointing. Actually, the first — and longest- part was good, and I really liked it.

It was poetic, and I really liked this young, wild and impetuous Mulan. She was a smart child, raised without parental love, too free-spirited to spend her day sewing. I liked her relation with Li Po, her best friend, and I liked the plum tree. Then her father came home, and everything went quickly. They learnt to know each other, and the next thing after, he was marrying the young beautiful damsel who had an accident in front of their house.

The war happened too quickly. Just like in the Disney movie, it was only one battle. In the original Ballad of Mulan , Mulan fought years as a man, and I guess I thought we would have more battles and heroism. But it was expected seeing the number of pages. The war happened to quickly, and ended as quickly. The love happened too quickly, the time to shoot an arrow. The end came too quickly, and I could not enjoy this second part.

But I still love Mulan. Now bring it on, next retelling! Be a man We must be swift as the coursing river Be a man With all the force of a great typhoon Be a man With all the strength of a raging fire Mysterious as the dark side of the moon Feb 24, Ruth rated it really liked it.

This tale is also a shade darker than the other retellings in the series due to the war-time theme of the story. Despite the novel's short length, Dokey makes the most of it and in Mulan creates one of her strongest and most well-developed heroines. Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side. Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan". Enjoyable enough to read. It really focuses on Mulan and her family.

I liked that a lot. Her relationships with her father, step-mother, best friend, etc. I especially liked how close her father and her became by the end of the book. And I truly appreciated the step-mother being nice and caring; not a witch. It is pretty much all Mulan's childhood and growth into a young woman until her family receives the summons for a man 2. It is pretty much all Mulan's childhood and growth into a young woman until her family receives the summons for a man from their family to go to war against the Huns.

Then Mulan runs off to take her father's place; a truly generous gesture. It needed more page time. Had it been a page book, the beginning would have been amazing.

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I still loved getting to know Mulan as a character before she ran off. Getting to see her in her own environment, as a child and growing up into a young woman, and learning who she is and how she ended up the awesome way she did was very welcome. The ending was much too rushed. Mulan thinks that she loves him "because their hearts beat together. Mulan and Jian never get to know one another and the little time they do spend together, Jian thinks Mulan is a boy.

Then she's suddenly a girl and Jian: I don't know you and I thought you were a boy until about two minutes ago but, hey baby, you saved my life and all of China, so you have got to be a great choice! I actually kinda knew you as the person that you are right now and "loved" you before for no apparent reasoning and I didn't even know you, so this is great!

Kiss me, Shen Jian! Love the prologues and epilogues she writes. Jul 10, Emilia rated it liked it Shelves: The story of a warrior I love the story of Mulan. It's such a beautiful tale of honor, courage, and strength. Fairy Tale retellings are my favorite things to read and Mulan is a story that isn't often retold so having the opportunity to read it was awesome. The writing was ok.

If I'm being honest I wasn't the biggest fan of it. I didn't really like the whole recounting old events. I guess it gave it more of a fairy tale feel, but still I wasn't the biggest fan. Having read a lot of fairy tales, The story of a warrior I love the story of Mulan.

Having read a lot of fairy tales, I get a little picky about the way they are told and reimagined. The plot was good but way too slow in the beginning and way to fast at the end. It didn't give enough time for relationships to develop and empathy for the characters to grow. When stuff happened, I felt distant from the characters. I didn't feel their emotions like I had hoped.

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It felt like it was just a bedtime story, the ones that help you sleep at night because they force no crazy emotions out of you. Plus, I felt like it took way too long to get to the actual base of the story: You didn't get there till over half way through the book.

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To top it off the actual time she spent as a boy was barely a third of the book and her rescue of China happened way to fast. I would've liked more development, more time spent on Mulan's struggle to hide herself. The characters were nice but not complicated. There was no depth to them. They felt 2d rather than 3d. I didn't get attached to them and for me that was a real shame. I recommend this book to those who love a nice simple fairy tale and Mulan.

Apr 08, Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it Shelves: Her father, a great General in the army, was heartbroken. He's never been home since he heard the news. Thus, Mulan lost both her parents on the same day. Mulan is not your typical girl. Instead, she climbs trees and despises needlework. She meets the boy next door and the two of them form a friendship.

He teaches her archery, how to ride a horse, how to use a sword, and, finally, how to read and write. When her father comes home, everything changes. First, she must learn how to trust and obey him. Second, she must learn how to love him and her new stepmother. Just when she's finally found herself a new family, the Huns appear on the horizon of China.

The men are called back to war. Mulan, unwilling to let her father go with a bad leg and a new family, disguises herself and takes his place instead. Her first day there, she catches the ears of one of the king's sons. He engages her in an archery contest. From then on, Mulan is famous throughout the camp. With the Huns quickly approaching, all three princes have different ideas on how to defend China.

Mulan mistakenly speaks out during a strategizing session. Prince Jian immediately seizes her idea. But will it be enough to save China? I'm always happy with a happy love story ending as well. I do have to say that I think they could have gotten a more oriental looking girl to model for the cover. I'm annoyed by the girl every time I look at the cover.

Apr 23, Nicollette Winiewicz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've always thought that it was more plausible of her to already have a background in archery, and swordplay that to just up and join the Chinese army and automatically become a hero that saves China.

If you're a fan of disney, even if in a distant, secret, 'I'm-not-going-to-admit-it kind of way, you've probably heard of Mulan. Frankly, she's my favourite Disney Princess, but that doesn't really matter. Anyways, you might understand why I was a bit hesitant to start this retelling , as it might spoil my favourite heroine for me, in plain words. But I shouldn't have worried one bit. This was heartwarming and heart touching, to say the very least. The movie and the story are a fairly different f If you're a fan of disney, even if in a distant, secret, 'I'm-not-going-to-admit-it kind of way, you've probably heard of Mulan.

The movie and the story are a fairly different from each other, though they're still similar in the vital parts, which means that you shouldn't go in expecting that you know all what happens. The tale is told from Mulan's personal point of view, with fillings in of everything you need to know, and it was rather comfortable; being without the usual amount of guesswork. Mulan is unlike any other girl in China born in the year of the monkey, month of the dog, time of the tiger, and this is not making much sense, I know, but her birth has a lot of consequence, I assure you!

Go read about him, you'll wish he's available for order on Amazon. Li Po plays a major role in Mulan's life, and I'm prettyy glad to say that they do stay friends only - because their friendship was too beautiful to ne marred by something like uncalled for romance- but lovely bit of chaste romance does come for Mulan from another quarter, making this wonderous tale love-triangle-free. Which I am most endlessly grateful for. Wonderful, does not go on leisurely strolls off the road, and neither does it get lost along the way or finds itself going in a circle. So no worries there. This, ofcourse, is China, and I do envy Chinese people a little for their richer-than-gold culture and history.

The book provides such a lovely portrayal of Chinese culture, giving me a new appreciation for it. We've started studying a bit about China at school -specifically it's history- and I know more is coming along the way, so this will be quite helpful to both my memory and imagination. I loved them all. Except for Prince Guang. He can go get lost somewhere. I'm not at all aware of any profanity, so of it's there, it's very scarce I don't usually notice profanity unless I'm forced to by it's repetition. As to the other type of content, the,ahem, sexual one, there is nothing beyond a small kiss.

So we are perfectly safe. I'll admit I think the movie beats the book, but only by a few hair breadths -I am a fan of Animation, after all - due to these: It was barely even there. And Mulan is quite sensible, with an apparent brain in her upper story. And poor Li Po. All in all, this was a true treasure this is one of my favourite phrases, it seems of a tale, and well worth the time, money and thought spent on it.

Young Hua Mulan has never met her parents. Her mother died giving birth to her only child, and her father left to war shortly after, too pained at the sight of the cause of his beloved wife's death a daughter, no less to remain. Raised by the same nurse who watched over her mother, Mulan wants nothing more than to be allowed to be herself and engage in her own interests -- not suffer through wearying weaving and endless embroidery, but learn to ride, shoot, read and write with her friend, a bo Young Hua Mulan has never met her parents.

Raised by the same nurse who watched over her mother, Mulan wants nothing more than to be allowed to be herself and engage in her own interests -- not suffer through wearying weaving and endless embroidery, but learn to ride, shoot, read and write with her friend, a boy named Li Po from a nearby household. Though of course her secret and deepest desire is to learn more of her mother and earn her father's respect and affection. When the great General returns unexpectedly from the battlefield, Mulan is put to the test in more ways than one, and only hopes she can fulfill her hopes and dreams.