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Postcards from Buster; We Are Family: Salt Lake City, UT



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Postcards from Buster
We Are Family: Salt Lake City, UT
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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

While in Salt Lake City, Buster is invited to spend the day with of the Hirschis, a Mormon family and old friends of Bo. Buster learns firsthand what it takes to run a family of seven children, and he gains some perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the Mormon culture in Salt Lake City. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of children from a large Mormon family. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss responsibilities, practice polite table manners, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to chores.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; We Are Family: Salt Lake City, UT,” 11/19/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3D048742AE4D48CF8DC07D96E17DBE89.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; We Are Family: Salt Lake City, UT.” 11/19/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3D048742AE4D48CF8DC07D96E17DBE89>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; We Are Family: Salt Lake City, UT. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3D048742AE4D48CF8DC07D96E17DBE89
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