Daring David December Festivities

Daring David December Festivities


David is very excited about his family coming to visit from Ghana, Africa. When the guests finally arrive, great times are had by all through thoughtful conversations, video games, board games, and soccer. David also gets a cultural lesson about Ghanaian names from his uncle. The Winter Solstice is the December event being celebrated at Melville Elementary School this year. Mrs. Mitchell gives her class a little history lesson and challenges her students to come up with some creative ways to celebrate this festive time. The art teacher, music teacher, and members of the Drama Club all pitch in when it comes time to celebrate the Winter Solstice at school. Mrs. Mitchell’s class came up with some fascinating ideas as well. David realizes that his birthday is the day before the winter solstice. His family not only surprises David, but it also tricks him as well.

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Author: Linda Taylor
Product ID: 17594ISBN: 978-1-94782-930-5.


Grades 2–6 | Fiction | ISBN: 978-1-94782-930-5 | Lexile: 790 | GRL: Q | English


  • Inspires readers with real-life dilemmas and issues that many young people face today at home, in school, and in the community
  • Motivates students to respond positively to adversity and uncertainty
  • Engages students of diverse cultures to achieve their own goals in life

About the Author:

Linda Taylor taps into her twenty-five years as a schoolteacher to write books that inspire students to acknowledge their feelings and work together to solve problems. Throughout her career as a teacher and more recently as an author, Linda has been passionate about nurturing children and giving them the skills to be the best they can be. Linda is also the author of the Amazing Annabelle series published by Lightswitch Learning.


“Linda Taylor completely captures the essence of multicultural family dynamics with the passages on the visiting extended family members from Ghana to Daring David’s home in the United States. She accurately describes the typical initial period of catching up, followed by discovering mutual likes (soccer in this case) and finding new mutual interests, making this story very true to life. Also well done is the explanation of naming conventions in parts of Ghana and West Africa, with their combinations of traditional and Western names. She handles these topics brilliantly and enables the reader to learn about different cultures in a fun way.”
—Patrick Kwasi Agyei Opon – Ghanaian parent

“Talented author Linda Taylor does it again! Daring David is a strong boy whose energy and excitement for life as a fourth grader at Melville Elementary School is inspirational. In December Festivities, David demonstrates great character and an open heart as he welcomes relatives from Ghana to his home and collaborates with his classmates and teachers in preparation for the school’s celebration of the Winter Solstice. From the first chapter, ‘Family on the Way,’ to the last, ‘The Winter Solstice Spectacular,’ David takes us on a joyful learning journey to discover how individual differences in cultures, ideas, and approaches to learning can blend together and serve to enrich us all.”>
—Mary Rettaliata, retired Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

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