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Postcards from Buster; La Belle Poutine: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Program 207; Story 46

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Postcards from Buster
La Belle Poutine: Montréal, Québec, Canada
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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

It's Carlos and Mora's anniversary, and it's Buster's job to create a romantic postcard of their honeymoon destination: Montreal. At first he's worried that he won't understand the French-speaking locals but soon finds plenty to love about this beautiful Canadian city -ice hockey, the food specialty poutine and legend Ethel Bruneau's School of Dance.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Cultural Learning Objectives: Children will gain understanding into some aspects of daily life, language, and culture in a bilingual community in Montreal, Canada. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children and families in this episode. English Language Learning Objectives: For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to begin to understand and speak a new language, and ways to ask questions to learn more about another person and his/her life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to love and marriage, dance, and sports-especially ice hockey.



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