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Postcards from Buster; Buster's Lucky Year: San Francisco, CA



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Postcards from Buster
Buster's Lucky Year: San Francisco, CA
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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

Ever since arriving in San Francisco, Buster has been plagued with bad luck. His fortune takes a turn for the better when he meets Hayley and Kary, two young Chinese American girls who share their customs: a big family meal before the Chinese New Year parade-the biggest in the country!

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the Chinese American community in San Francisco and their celebration of Chinese New Year. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and celebrations 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 discuss good and bad luck and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to celebrations.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Buster's Lucky Year: San Francisco, CA,” 01/14/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4436719374DA44D7B077BFEC7050364A.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Buster's Lucky Year: San Francisco, CA.” 01/14/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4436719374DA44D7B077BFEC7050364A>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Buster's Lucky Year: San Francisco, CA. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4436719374DA44D7B077BFEC7050364A
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