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Play the EMPATHY Story “Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope”

from Author SissyMarySue (Wendy Muhlhauser)

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Students hear a live reading of my book "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." Students recall the many examples of empathy in the story that were modeled by the characters. I allow for a Q & A that is free form. 


In Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, the unlikely pairing of a sad little girl and a captured cheetah discover how much they share in common when they embark on an adventure in friendship. They've both experienced profound loss, but persevere through sharing empathy, kindness, joy, and love. Together they learn about their connection to the human family and to all, which provides for their self-esteem and a feeling of wholeness.

Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is a vehicle for empowering youth with empathy to spring into compassionate action! Compassionate action refers to the positive impact youth can make in their communities and in the world by caring about the plight of all people. Set in Tanzania, Africa with the Barabaig tribe, the book encourages youth to identify with the characters as they experience difficulty, persevere, model empathy, and then are shown empathy by the tribe. Together, these special friends punctuate our interconnections and further demonstrate our connection to all, including the endangered cheetah, showing that we all belong.

The collective effort of thirteen interns from different disciplines, provided the true beauty and strength of this literary pursuit to serve youth and the common good with the messages of empathy, shared humanity- that we are the human family and are connected to all including the endangered cheetah. To have young people take ownership of the messages and work so diligently to deliver them to the youth in our world, by supporting this book, is more than powerful. It is inspiring to witness the sincere depth and commitment to our world, these young people so beautifully exemplify. It absolutely reinforces that we need only inform young people for them to “spring into compassionate action,” just as these high school (illustrators), and college age interns have done!

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Cost

By Request: $80.00


30 or 45 min program are both $80.00

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Length

50-60 Minutes for 2nd- 6th grade 30 Minutes for kindergarten


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

30


Primary Disciplines

Service Learning, International, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving, Special Needs, Leadership, Brain Research


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days or if there are technical problems that do not allow a connection. Sites will need to reschedule. Sites will be charged the full fee if cancelled within 72 hours of conference.

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Author SissyMarySue (Wendy Muhlhauser)

St. Cloud, Minnesota
United States


All youth should be represented in the books they read, in media and technology. They deserve to be fully represented and empowered. I focus on literacy, language development, reading readiness, social-emotional growth (especially EMPATHY & UNITY), critical thinking and global themes. I provide virtual author interactions, in person readings speeches and teacher training.  I am encouraged to have wonderful collaborations. My books are endorsed by Cheetah Conservation Fund, International Elephant Foundation and H2O For Life. 

AWARD WINNING (Globally Mindful, MOM'S CHOICE) & FIVE STAR "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" has a critical thinking page-with the suggestion to teach it using drama/play for learning with examples. A page is devoted to the Barabaig Tribe's culture too. Conservation and Clean water are offered as ways to apply empathy. I taught from this book long before it was published since I sought to make certain the concepts and ideas were effective with students. It provided best practices to share with educators in how to maximize the learning potential of the book, 

MOM'S CHOICE AWARDED, FIVE STAR- "EMPATHY AIRLINES-Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" Book #2  (Black female pilot and Asian male co-pilot). This is a NEW PROGRAM!

EXCITED TO SHARE----UPDATES!
Next will come book #3 "Tristy Sparkles" (Black female teacher & beautifully diverse/inclusive classroom). Books #2 and #3 illustrated by Minneapolis College of Art and Design interns. 
Book #4 Dunnigan Bower is in the illustration phase of development.
 (a beloved Black male teacher, with a beautifully diverse/inclusive classroom). It is again being illustrated by a Minneapolis College of Art and Design intern.  https://www.sissymarysue.org

I am an Author, doctoral (ABD-all but dissertation) student pursing my EdD in Leadership for Change, Marie Fielding Fellow, lifelong Minnesota educator, lyricist, and playwright. I utilize a variety of modalities to encourage social and ecological justice through story, by the exposure to empathy and Multiculturalism.  I was blown away by the talent and dedication (this was focus on cause- clean water!) of the young people in the first production of "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" as a MUSICAL PLAY November 2018.  It was Directed by Carrie Carlson- with Children's' Performing Arts Hanifl Performing Arts Center-White Bear Lake, Minnesota.. The second production was April 2019 by the same team to support Birch Lake Elementary's Grant they received. 40 3rd -5th graders, in the cast as compared to the cast of 20, 5-15 year olds previously, were also tremendous! We have an Album out of songs from books/plays!  Info on home page...www.sissymarysue.org 

I originated a play/drama for learning technique in my previous education business- Jelly Beans Creative Learning. I apply my experience in having trained teachers. I developed my knowledge base from having taught multi-city programming and provided in school projects. I was an Adjunct Faculty for the Graduate School of Education- Hamline University with my technique. Foreign language & diversity are still a focus. I share messages of our connection as the human family, our world community. 

AWARD WINNING (Globally Mindful) & FIVE STAR "Jelly Beans the 

Contact:
Wendy Muhlhauser
sissymarysue@gmail.com
16129639602

Program Details

Format

1) Program begins with one or two participatory songs: We are Like Jelly Beans, (I sing- learners parrot)
2) We discuss briefly about understanding of/definition for EMPATHY. I encourage learners to listen for the examples of empathy in the story.
3) I read the book "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." We play a scene or two of the book.
4) I ask for examples of empathy in the story. Who showed it and how?
5) Time is allowed as Q & A in free form. Ask me about how this tale is fiction and non-fiction. Ask me anything else about writing, authorship, teaching, doctoral work etc..

Objectives

The participant will:
-explore examples of empathy
-develop an appreciation for the Barabaig Tribe in Tanzania, Africa and humanitarianism
-consider and connect experiences in life surrounding empathy to content of book
-engage in discussion about the variety of ways empathy was modeled and applied
-gain an understanding that authorship is a means to share ideas and experiences