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Postcards from Buster; Bridge Back Home, A: Brooklyn, NY



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Postcards from Buster
Bridge Back Home, A: Brooklyn, NY
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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

Buster helps Carlos search the New York city borough of Brooklyn for Carlos's family's oud - a Middle Eastern guitar. To find it, they get help from James, a Lebanese boy who leads Buster through his Middle Eastern neighborhood. Buster meets the Kholad family and other helpful New Yorkers who share their lives, homes, and music with him.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of family life and culture in the diverse Arab American communities of New York City. 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 report things other people said and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to city places, transportation, and food.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Bridge Back Home, A: Brooklyn, NY,” 01/04/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_110AE541A5E448A4AA53398B0A687C81.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Bridge Back Home, A: Brooklyn, NY.” 01/04/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_110AE541A5E448A4AA53398B0A687C81>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Bridge Back Home, A: Brooklyn, NY. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_110AE541A5E448A4AA53398B0A687C81
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