Willie: Does it matter?

November 12, 2017



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 story 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.

Other RhymeTime storybooks include “Willie: I Know You Are My Friend,” plus a series of rhyming stories about the escapades of Jack the Cat, including “Jack the Cat in Florida,” “Jack the Cat: Christmas in Florida,” and “Jack the Cat on Chicory Ridge.”



This is delightful book for young readers. I read it with my grandkids and they loved not only the story, but also the illustrations (by Bonnie J. Murray). I thought the text and illustrations worked well together. This is a charming rhyming story that communicates important life lessons that teaches children that everyone is special in their own, unique way and that we should embrace our differences. It also explores the meaning of friendship and shows the real meaning of having good character.

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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