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Postcards from Buster; Sleepy In Seattle: Seattle, WA



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Postcards from Buster
Sleepy In Seattle: Seattle, WA
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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

All this traveling has Buster frazzled, and in Seattle, he's developed a bad case of insomnia. Luckily, Buster meets Russ and Rebecca, who teach him Tai Chi to soothe his mind and body. Buster's newfound state of mind comes in handy as he catches flying fish with fishmongers at Pike Place fish market.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the diverse Asian American community in Seattle and martial art forms such as Tai Chi and wushu. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and the experiences of these children who live in Seattle and practice martial arts. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to express feelings, predict the future, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to emotions and food.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Sleepy In Seattle: Seattle, WA,” 10/18/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7BE69A2C27BD42BAAA569BE19D8CAE53.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Sleepy In Seattle: Seattle, WA.” 10/18/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7BE69A2C27BD42BAAA569BE19D8CAE53>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Sleepy In Seattle: Seattle, WA. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7BE69A2C27BD42BAAA569BE19D8CAE53
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