Log In

The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning experiences. Live, interactive learning experiences.


Cheetah Conservation "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope"

from Author SissyMarySue (Wendy Muhlhauser)

Program image

While in Tanzania, after seeing
the beautiful animals on Safari, she  grew concerned about those animals that are....ENDANGERED- like the Cheetah. 

In 1900 there were 100,000 cheetahs. There are
only 10,000 today! She partners with Cheetah Conservation Fund to inform about the plight of the endangered cheetah. Her book is peppered with cheetah facts! “Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope” helps draw positive
attention for both the need for clean water and  cheetah conservation. 

Description of "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.

Program Rating

This program has not yet been evaluated.

Book it!

About This Program


By Request: $200.00

50-60 minute programs are $200.00 and 30 minute programs are $100.00

Please ask for special prices, scholarships for schools with large percentage of Free and Reduced Lunch.


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

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff zoos

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

International, Community Interests, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, Family & Consumer Science, Performing Arts, Sciences, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership social, ecological justice, cheetah conservation

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Book it!

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

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.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo


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 an Author, doctoral student (education), Marie Fielding Fellow, lifelong Minnesota educator, Lyricist, and Playwright. (Nov. 16,17,18) "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" is being produced as a MUSICAL PLAY, Directed by Carrie Carlson-Hanifl Performing Arts Center-White Bear Lake, Minnesota. 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 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, "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." Book #2 in the series "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope-EMPATHY AIRLINES" (Black female pilot and Asian male co-pilot) and #3 "Tristy Sparkles" (Black female teacher) are illustrated by Minneapolis College of Art and Design Interns. #4 Dunnigan Bower ( beloved Black male teacher) is being illustrated by an MCAD Intern https://www.sissymarysue.org

Wendy Muhlhauser

Program Details


1) Introduce the word conservation and endangered as it relates to the cheetah. Ask learners to suggest a definition for endangered. Ask which other animals people are working in the area of conservation concerning.
2) Watch shor video with Dr. Laurie Marker. Learn about her work with Cheetah Conservation Fund based in DC and Namibia, Africa too!
3) Ask students to listen for all the cheetah facts throughout the story "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope"
4) Read story
5) Ask for the recall of cheetah facts. Reinforce their memories, fill in where needed.
6) Look at Cheetah.org together for some more cheetah facts...How can you help with this cause?
7) Time for Q and A.


The participant will:
-explore the cheetah facts of the book and in the other discussion
_discuss reasons they are endangered
-compare the endangered and extinct classification difference
-develop an appreciation for organizations like Cheetah Conservation Fund who work to save the cheetah
-develop empathy about the plight of endangered animals like the cheetah
-list three or so animals who are endangered and three or so that are extinct