by  Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad)

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This program is a way for students to have an opportunity to be informed about the need for clean water and to critically discuss the implications of that on health and mortality. For the all ages of learners, it is an introduction to another country, culture and the need for clean water of a specific tribe called the Barabaig  Tanzania, Africa.  The book is being produced as a musical play in association with H2O For Life and Children's Performing Arts in White Bear Lake, It is using the story as s spotlight on a cause. CLEAN Water is that cause! Minnesota Fall 2018. I will include as reading/prep work a couple pages from script to read with students as an activity. My hope is that this will open the eyes and hearts of students to see the needs in our world through a heart of empathy about the plight of all people in our world!

This book "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" is based on the Author’s experience
with the Barabaig Tribe in Tanzania, Africa. The tribe needed clean water close
to their village, so girls could go to school! It is fiction melded with a real-
life event to tell this tale. 2.1 billion lack access to safe readily available
water according to the World Health Organization. The Author visited Africa as
a humanitarian through Edina Rotary to witness first-hand the earth dams,
that were made for the Barabaig tribe. Before the earth dams (clean water projects) it had been the job of the girls to walk many, many miles each night when it was cool but so dangerous to get water for their village. Due to this they could not attend school.  The Author learned about the beauty of the Barabaig Tribe.

Description of "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" by SissyMarySue
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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30 & 45 Minute classes

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Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Family & Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing social, ecological justice

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Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad)

St. Cloud, Minnesota
United States

Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad a.k.a SissyMarySue has her Doctorate in Education and an MA in Human Development. 

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!

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, with an Ed.D (Doctorate in Education) in Leadership for Change with a concentration in Media, Technology and Innovation. I am a 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 Grant they received. 40 3rd -5th graders, in the cast as compared to the cast of 20, 5-15 year old's 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 

Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad

Program Details


1) We will look at the vocabulary for clean water, earth dam, humanitarian and humanitarianism, Barabaig
2) I will read the statistics about those who do not have access to clean water. I will talk about health as it relates to this.
3) I will inform learners as to the location of the Barabaig Tribe in Tanzania, Africa. I will ask for a student to locate it in Eastern Africa for the class to all see either on globe or a map in the classroom. I encourage students to pay close attention to the cultural specifics of the tribe like: clothing, homes and other observations in the depiction within the illustrations of book.
4) I will read all or a portion of "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope."
5) We discuss the reason an author can use story and character to teach about a tribe. I ask, " is my story is only about the earth dam." I share how I show the beauty of tribe in how they welcomed the cheetah and the little girl into their village, showing the two empathy. I share as an author, in doing this, I open the readers heart to care about the plight of the tribe when they see the empathy and kindness they showed. I go onto explain that is when I chose to share about the need that the tribe had for clean water. I ask if having empathy for that tribe was why humanitarians helped the tribe. We talk about what was seen in the images and story about the earth dam. I share about the critical thinking page of book being important to help reader.
6) Can you think of three things you could do to help others in your community or world to gain access to or have something that others may not have?
6) Time for Q & A.


The participant will
-gain an appreciation for and understanding of the need for clean water, learning about an earth dam
-develop an understanding of the importance of clean water for health
-explore the culture of the Barabaig Tribe, in Tanzania, Africa through the choices made in the illustrations that are specific to the tribe's culture.
-compare the advantages with have in the developed world compared to third world and emerging countries
-contemplate our connection as a world family, helping others through empathy
-List three examples of empathy you could demonstrate to help others in your community or world