Jack the Cat: Christmas in Florida

November 12, 2017



Kids giggle at this cute rhyming story based on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” 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 young fan Corey says: “Jack does crazy things at Christmas!”

Other RhymeTime storybooks include “Jack the Cat on Chicory Ridge” and Jack the Cat in Florida,” as well as “Willie: I Know You Are My Friend” and “Willie: Does it matter?”



Amazing fun book for young readers

This is an amazing fun book for young readers. I read it with my grandkids and they loved not only the story, but also the illustrations (by ‘Auntie’ Joan Michelson). I thought the text and illustrations worked well together. This is a charming rhyming story based on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Kids will enjoy getting involved with Jack (the cat) as he makes a snowman of sand with seashells for eyes and starfish for buttons, sunbathes on the beach, sails a ship, discovers a jar of catnip cookies on the counter and makes a sand angel on the beach. Plus, much more!

Author Debora Emmert writes in a wonderful style that guarantees the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely read to share with them.

It seems to me that this book has been created with a lot of love and joy and it is obvious that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. I have shared your stories with my own family and we have all found great delight in them.

Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. Five stars from us. Well done!





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.

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