Nonna Debora

Biography

Debora Emmert (Nonna Debora to her half-Italian grandchildren) developed RhymeTime storybooks for all young children (and grownups!) who think rhymes are both fun and important. Says Nonna Debora: “Lessons are learned from what your child hears . . . because story in verse is like music to ears.”

She grew up on a farm with cats and a dog, a pony and horse, sheep, cows, and pigs. She loved the dog and tolerated the cats. (She thought they were sneaky.) But then she met Jack. She thinks he’s the coolest cat ever, and sees him every chance she gets. Nonna Debora’s rhyming stories about Jack’s entertaining escapades include: “Jack the Cat: Christmas in Florida,” “Jack the Cat in Florida,” and “Jack the Cat on Chicory Ridge.”

Nonna Debora’s other rhyming tales are “Willie: Does it matter?” and “Willie: I know you are my friend,” which were inspired by the life lessons she learned from her family. She enjoys creating stories based on the wisdom she learned from her mother and father, as well as from reading Aesop’s Fables during visits to her grandparents’ house as a child.

Over her years of mothering and teaching and grandmothering, Nonna Debora has enjoyed reading to many little ones — and has learned a thing or two about what captures a child’s attention. Ms. Emmert holds a BA in English from Quincy University, and a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin.

Books

Jack the Cat in Florida
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Who knew that one day in the life of a cat could make you chuckle? This funny story about Jack tracks a slightly jealous lizard friend (morning), Jack’s desire for a hot fudge sundae (lunch), a flowerpot incident (afternoon), and Jack blocking Joan’s view of the “Jacques Catseau” documentary on TV (night). This humorous rhyming tale is illustrated with bold, elemental drawings.
Jack the Cat on Chicory Ridge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Have you ever had a friend who convinced you to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do, or try things you wouldn’t normally try? This tale is about the friendship between slightly lazy Jack the Cat and his slightly crazy dog friend Sharky. Sharky loves adventure, and Jack likes to nap. What could these two unlikely friends possibly find to do together? Read this humorous rhyming story to find out!
Jack the Cat: Christmas in Florida
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Kids giggle at this cute rhyming story based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song. On the seventh day of Christmas, Jack the Cat “marches with the elves.” On the eighth day, he “helps to stock the shelves” of the local cat shelter. Jack decorates the palm tree, “snow” skis down sand dunes, and gets trapped in a gingerbread house. As Jack’s fan Corey says: “Jack does crazy things at Christmas!"
Willie: Does It Matter?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
Willie wants to learn what makes people like each other. Actually, Willie really wants to know what makes people like HIM. Is it what he looks like? This RhymeTime tale explores the meaning of friendship. Willie learns that character — what he says and does — is more important than what color of hair or skin or eyes he has, or how tall he is.
Willie: I know you are my friend
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Is a best friend someone who always agrees with you? What does real friendship look like? Red-headed Willie has learned that having a real friend is more than just hanging out. His best friend, Bhagoo, goofs off with him, shares his cheesy munchies...and sometimes shows Willie when he’s wrong. This rhyming story explores the meaning of true friendship.

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