Mbeesha, his son, Nichole, & SissyMarySue.

We go through life quite a while

Logging many an emotional mile

Before it becomes clear
The beauty of life has always been here



Globally Mindful

 Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope


April 4.5 2019!












Directed by

Carrie Carlson

Script and Lyrics by SissyMarySue









Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is a play for our times.  I saw it in a children’s theater (Hanifl Performing Arts Center), but was aware that the audience, made up of many adults as well, were enthralled with the message of love and understanding empathy. We as a culture are hungry for this message.  The story embraced us all.

Karen Monson MA


A delightful musical play with a message of compassion that is a life's lesson for the young performers and audience of all ages. Sandy Schley PhD


(Virtual Author) CILC



Listed as:

Author SissyMarySue

(Wendy Muhlhauser)


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.

The book and plays empower 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.
Feature Article by Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson interviewed Wendy and reviewed the Jelly Beans The Cheetah and Hope children's book. 

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Reflective Essay

MOM'S CHOICE, (Globally MindfulFIVE STAR,

Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope & EMPATHY AIRLINES! SIGNINGS CANCELLED Due to Prevention Measures for Covid-19--Sending LOVE!


COMPLETE PDF's: Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope and EMPATHY AIRLINES: Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, Book 2. Critical Thinking & Culture Pages to reinforce learning about: empathy, cheetahs, clean water, Barabaig, Africa in book 1! FOR: TEACHERS, PARENTS & STUDENTS CLICK PDF's HERE 


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Comments & Description BELOW: MOM'S CHOICE, FIVE STAR "Empathy Airlines-Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" Book 2! 


DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC-no new signings scheduled at this time!

Sending so Much LOVE and EMPATHY at this time!! SissyMarySue


Here is a trip down memory lane.... 

​Barnes & Noble Signings:

THANK YOU to all who came to signings at these locations in 2019:

Barnes & Noble Signing Included Books 1 & 2!

July 17 -Bozeman, Montana,

July 27 -Twin Falls, Idaho 11-4

August 3 -Minnetonka, Minnesota

August 9 -Dublin, California

August 17 -Fargo, North Dakota 2-6

August 24 -Madison, Wisconsin 11-3

August 31 -St. Cloud, Minnesota 12-2

September 7 - Anchorage, Alaska 

September 14 -Boulder, Colorado 12-4

October 12 -Roseville, Minnesota 11:30-4

October 19 -Mankato, Minnesota 12-3 

October 26 -Sioux Falls, South Dakota 11;30-4

November 2 -Maple Grove, Minnesota 1-3pm

March 14 -Memphis, TN 11-2 Cancelled

MORE to be announced stay tuned:))

"SissyMarySue’s unstoppable mission to teach children empathy is the driving, passionate force behind this book."

                                                   Nichole Smaglick- Founder Cooper and Kid     

"With her new book “Empathy Airlines,” SissyMarySue offers the back story of how Hope first learned about empathy. Written in simple rhyming verse the story explores and explains complex emotions in a way that even a young child  can understand them. In these troubling times when hatred and divisiveness surround us, readers both young and old can find comfort in this heartwarming tale where love and kindness save the day."  Lee Truer, M.A.

"This is a story as relevant for adults as it is for children. It is a story about friendship, perseverance, acceptance, faith and love that all make empathy possible. It could not be a more timely message!"  

                   Karen Monson-Retired Teacher -Perpich Center for Arts Education

"SissyMarySue has delivered by creating another a story of empathy, friendship, and caring. You will be enthralled as you go on the journey with them to Africa.  This book is a true gift to the children of the world as she teaches them to love, accept, and affirm others as well as to find the good in everyone."    

                     Jenny Edwards, PhD Fielding Graduate University

"Sissy Mary Sue has done it again." Founder Patty Hall, H2O For Life


 SissyMarySue's new book "Empathy Airlines" is a wonderful story that will engage and educate all readers about the true value of empathy. She explains the drastic change in the lives of the girls with clean water, near the village. It had been their job to walk many miles for water, so they had not previosuly been able to attend school.  The illustrations are inspiring and convey the settings beautifully."

                       Christy Andacht Exec, Director &   H2O For Life


“SissyMarySue’s message of caring and compassion returns in the charming story of ‘Empathy Airlines’.  Her warmth and love for the world shine through in the characters and illustrations. SissyMarySue has a passion for bringing us together to see how much we all share.” 

                    Katherine McGraw, PhD, Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership and Education, Fielding Graduate University
































































In EMPATHY AIRLINES, the beautiful adventure in friendship continues for Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, as the two now live with the Barabaig tribe. They have settled in nicely with their new family, which allows them to continue the emotional journey of discovery about each other through talking, listening and asking many questions. They each disclose how they came to be without a mother and other details from their past, allowing the reader to come along for the discovery too. Hope explains and teaches some of the bigger words she uses to an inquisitive, eager to learn, Jelly Beans the Cheetah. The characters once again face grave challenges but together demonstrate their emotional strength, perseverance, devotion and empathy for each other. They open their minds and hearts further by deciding to serve countless others with empathy! They learn Barabaig and teach children in the tribe their language, through play! They devise an Empathy Airlines dramatic play game to accomplish this! They also imagine and play humanitarians during the game. Together they create a love song to mankind about empathy to sing on their airlines.

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Barabaig Tribe

         Following an inspirational humanitarian trip to Tanzania, Africa, I was compelled to offer programs, in schools to teach about the beauty of the Barabaig tribe's culture, as well as, to inform about the scarcity of basic needs for most in the world. I wanted to inform too about the need for clean water-that we had provided in the form of an earth dam. I also sought to punctuate our shared humanity that we are the human family as well as, having a heart of service to others. This tribe had much to teach us about the beauty of knowing, how to simply be. They were emotionally available, loving, grateful, peaceful and harmonious people, living simply, in a village. 
    First, I taught about the tribe, in schools for four years. Next, I found myself compelled to write a children's book offering a unique, fictional main character to interest and ignite student's imaginations. My hope was that this book could more effectively teach empathy in general, as well as, how it relates to caring about the plight of all people, to a wide age range. I featured the tribe in the book. I included the earth dam in the illustrations and culturally, specific details to the Barabaig tribe, for further reinforcement of the messages. 
I believe there is profound healing potential for the developed and developing world in learning from and helping one another. It offers wholeness through connection. Encouraging and  implementing a heart of service offers the potential for so much growth.  We are sitting on such abundance in the developed world and yet often our youth and adults don’t feel whole or fulfilled. We have resources and knowledge to share with those in the world who don’t have the abundance we have, nor even basic needs met. No people should be without, there are enough resources for all. In turn, we have much to gain in learning another way of being, to be exposed to deep gratitude, to simply be, to being alive, that I experienced with the Barabaig tribe. The joyfulness among those in the tribe was comforting and beautiful to behold. There is a connection and a beauty to being that we in the developed world would benefit from processing and then emulating. My existence made sense to me, as my heart felt more whole and one with mankind, in Africa. I actually found myself in culture shock when I came home to  the developed world. The love here did not feel readily available among people as compared to how it felt being, among the emotionally available, deeply loving people in the Barabaig tribe and in Tanzania. 

 I am confident that if youth could get on a band wagon about recycling, we need only inform them about the needs in our world for them to “spring into compassionate action.” “Empowering youth with empathy” brings about this compassionate action! 
I also believe the messages, about the power of love and kindness are universal and of paramount importance to reinforce! I believe that where we teach love, kindness, empathy and that we are one in humanity, there is tolerance and acceptance. In teaching if we hurt someone else, we are really hurting ourselves, how could a person choose violence who understands this? How could someone not love and accept every human being who, really understands, we are all part of the human family, we are one? 

Listen to SissyMarySue's Poem/Song inspired... 

 by Barabaig TRIBE- TO SIMPLY BE

We go through life quite a while

Logging many an emotional mile 

Before it becomes clear 

The beauty of life has always been here

We had been too consumed to see

The simplicity and beauty to simply be!   


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Awarded Excellent Reads, Globally Mindful! 

FIVE STAR ratings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites for ""Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." In Minnesota-find book at Ten Thousand Villages (St. Paul) Red Ballon and some Barnes & Noble stores. There are several Barnes & Noble stores in different states that carry the book too!  BUY ONLINE at Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, and others- UND BOOKSTORE and Ferguson Books!

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SissyMarySue Paves the Way for Empathy and Hope June 27, 2019

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Fargo Forum (Books)- February 8, 2015


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UND Alumni Website

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Brooklyn Center Sun Post- September 4, 2014 (front page) 


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Minneapolis Star Tribune-February 22, 2015

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