John E. Weaver Excellent Reads, Globally Mindful
Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence
Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal RecipientFinalist 2020Thought-Provoking Title
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 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 demonstrate our connection to all, including the endangered cheetah, showing that we all belong.