Play EMPATHY AIRLINES-Girls & Boys can be PILOTS!

by  Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad)

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NEW PROGRAM!! Students hear a live reading with visuals, of NEW -FIVE STAR book "EMPATHY AIRLINES-Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope-Book 2."  Students are encouraged to consider the implications of Hope meeting the FEMALE pilot on the flight. They recall the many examples of empathy in the story that were modeled by the characters in this new story. I encourage a Q & A that is free form. 

"SissyMarySue has done it again!" declares Patty Hall ,Founder of H2O For Life. When they met, in Tanzania, Africa, Hope, a sad girl and Jelly Beans a captured cheetah, began a lifelong friendship through mutual caring. The power of their surprising partnership-strengthened by empathy-connected them with a new family the Barabiag tribe. In this highly anticipated sequel Hope and Jelly Beans use compassionate listening to explore what brought them together.  Cheetah and Elephant conservation and the need for Clean water are brought to light in this book!  
Hope shares memories of the empathy shown by the flight crew on her way to Africa. She was empowered too by the Black female pilot she met on the plane. This experience inspires she and Jelly Beans to create an EMPATHY AIRLINES game. They play it with the children in the village. They are sure they can learn Barabaig and teach the children English through playing airlines!  But first they must make a challenging journey to retrieve the items to enhance their play they left at the shack, where they stayed before coming to live with the tribe. They encounter many challenges on this journey but together they feel they can do anything!

HUMBLED to have Global Partners who-endorse book-Cheetah Conservation Fund, International Elephant Foundation and H2O For Life.  

"SissyMarySue's unstoppable mission to teach children empathy is the driving, passionate force behind this book."  
 Nichole Smaglick-Ceo Cooper and Kid

"SissyMarySue's message of caring and compassion returns in this charming story.  Her warmth and love for the world shine through in the characters and the illustrations. SissyMarySue has a passion for bringing us all together to see how much we all share."
Katherine McGraw PhD, Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership and Education- Fielding Graduate University

"Empathy Airlines" is a wonderful story that will engage and educate all readers about the true value of empathy. SissyMarySue explains how having clean water near the village drastically changed the lives of the Barabaig girls. The illustrations are inspiring and convey the setting beautifully. "
Christy Andacht, Executive Director H2O For Life

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Point to Point: $80.00
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60 Minutes for 5th- 7th grade
45 Minutes for 2nd-4th grade
30 Minutes for kindergarten and 1st


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Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

5 (i will flex on this for ELL or Special needs students)

Maximum participants:

30 (unless library setting or assembly setting)

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science, Writing

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Please ask about scholarships and reduced rate programs for those schools with high percentage free and reduced lunch. Length 60 Minutes for 5th- 6th grade 30 Minutes for kindergarten

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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) Program begins with one or two participatory songs: "One Child Cries" & We are Like Jelly Beans, (I sing- learners parrot) I encouarge students that GIRLS & BOYS can become Commercial pilots, as seen in the story!
2) We discuss briefly about understanding of/definition for EMPATHY. I encourage learners to listen for the examples of empathy in the story. We will play the story!
3) I read the book ""EMPATHY AIRLINES Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope-Book 2."
4) I ask for examples of empathy in the story. Who showed it and how?
5) I ask if someone can explain what it means to be a humanitarian.
6) I ask about the elephants, the hurt cheetah and other details in story for students to demonstrate their understanding/comprehension.
7) I ask about the girls. When did hey have to walk to get water? When and how did that help Hope summon courage for herself?
8) I ask why do we need clean water?
9) I ask what does endangered mean? Which animals are endangered in the story? Which other animals do you know that are endangered?
10) 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, Africa, the Barabaig tribe or about the animals I saw on safari..
11) Time permitting and depending on interest of teacher, we can fit in (dramatic play) creating Empathy Airlines-- using teamwork and the chairs in classroom!


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
-discover the endangered classification of cheetahs and elephants
-acquire knowledge about the need for clean water, how some girls can not attend school due to this chore..
-encourage play as a tool to learn language and about one another.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Reading and Comprehension
Science - Endangered Animals and Clean Water