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Postcards from Buster; Spring Break: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada



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Postcards from Buster
Spring Break: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
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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

Spring break...near the North Pole? While Arthur is hanging out at the beach, Buster spends his spring break in the far northern town of Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut. Buster quickly learns that the weather, as well as the way of life, are very different than what he's used to. But some things, like sledding down hills, are just like home!

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the culture of contemporary Inuit people and the challenges and rewards of living near the Arctic Circle. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of children and families who live in the Arctic town of Iqaluit. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss games and competition and to ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to weather and comparisons.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Spring Break: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada,” 01/31/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F5E907C773427981ED38C50B7C7A11.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Spring Break: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.” 01/31/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F5E907C773427981ED38C50B7C7A11>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Spring Break: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81F5E907C773427981ED38C50B7C7A11
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