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Postcards from Buster; Riding The Wave: Cocoa Beach, FL



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Postcards from Buster
Riding The Wave: Cocoa Beach, FL
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Series Description

Buster, one of the most popular characters on ARTHUR will accompany his airline pilot father as he flies the fictional Latin rock group Los Viajeros on a concert tour of the United States, with forays into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Buster will stay in touch with his friends back home via a small, hand-held digital video camera. These first-person video "postcards" will be in the form of live-action, P.O.V.-style footage of the places visited in the show. Narrated by Buster, they are woven seamlessly into each animated story. "It's important for children to experience cultures different from their own," says WGBH executive producer Carol Greenwald. "Putting Buster on the road and immersing him in real-life settings via the live-action 'postcards' is a perfect vehicle to teach children about the rich and complex cultural life that exists across America." Series release date: 2004

Program Description

Surf's up! But beware of the jellyfish and riptides! Buster hits the waves with siblings Forrest and Coral, two native Cocoa Beachers for whom surfing is a way of life. Buster learns how, for this Florida family, the beach is home.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the surfing culture in Cocoa Beach. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to ask for and give directions, describe a sequence, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to surfing and the beach.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Riding The Wave: Cocoa Beach, FL,” 01/13/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F6167BADA67418696AAA89E2292EB04.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Riding The Wave: Cocoa Beach, FL.” 01/13/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F6167BADA67418696AAA89E2292EB04>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Riding The Wave: Cocoa Beach, FL. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F6167BADA67418696AAA89E2292EB04
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