My four year-old son and I appreciate the many levels in this book: literary inspiration, artistic inspration, the movie story, and behind the scenes are the chapter headings. This book is a great insight into the creation of a Disney film; as well as a platform for discussing the Disney-fication of a historical story (the validity of different interpretations, etc.). The book offers the views of many people involved in the project. Pam Coats, the producer, discusses maintaining sensitivity to Mu Lan's position as a girl in that historical context; while Chen-Yi Chang, a character designer from Taiwan, focused on the authenticity of the Chinese architecture, history, costuming, and traditions. The book is also beautifully produced -- I imagine my son reading it to his children, as I read him treasured books from my childhood.