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Postcards from Buster; Giant Pumpkins, The: Mt. Hood and Canby, OR



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Postcards from Buster
Giant Pumpkins, The: Mt. Hood and Canby, OR
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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

Near Mt. Hood, Buster meets some regular-sized kids who grow giant pumpkins for competition. He also goes mountain biking—extreme, Oregon-style—with siblings Jordan and Ashley.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of family life on a farm in Oregon. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and the experiences of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to describe and compare size, and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to crops, size, and measurement.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Giant Pumpkins, The: Mt. Hood and Canby, OR,” 10/14/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13280CC79981478483BF8234757BFEA8.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Giant Pumpkins, The: Mt. Hood and Canby, OR.” 10/14/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13280CC79981478483BF8234757BFEA8>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Giant Pumpkins, The: Mt. Hood and Canby, OR. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13280CC79981478483BF8234757BFEA8
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