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Postcards from Buster; Homes Sweet Homes: Miami, FL



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Postcards from Buster
Homes Sweet Homes: Miami, FL
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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

Buster really misses his mom. But Bitzi is stuck in Elwood City trying to write a new food column for the newspaper. In Miami, Buster meets Athena, who is half Cuban and half Greek. He helps Bitzi complete her assignment after he picks up great cooking tips from both of Athena's grandmothers.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of multilingual, multicultural family life in Miami. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of Athena, whose parents are divorced and who divides her time between two homes, one with her Cuban mom and grandmother, with whom she speaks Spanish, and one with her Greek dad and grandmother, with whom she speaks Greek. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to give directions, describe a sequence, express feelings, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to food and feelings.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Homes Sweet Homes: Miami, FL,” 01/12/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B1741A9B1F84E4CAE6C821D27CB82F7.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Homes Sweet Homes: Miami, FL.” 01/12/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B1741A9B1F84E4CAE6C821D27CB82F7>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Homes Sweet Homes: Miami, FL. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B1741A9B1F84E4CAE6C821D27CB82F7
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