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Postcards from Buster
Mitten of Mackinac Island, The: Mackinac Island, MI
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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

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Imagine Buster's disappointment when he visits his dad's favorite childhood vacation spot, Mackinac Island, and finds it's deserted in the winter - almost! He meets Lou, a year-round resident and his pals. Their favorite pastime is making short films, and with Buster as second camera they shoot a comedy about a ghost mitten that haunts the island.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Cultural Learning Objectives: Children will gain some understanding of the life and culture of the small year-round community on the island of Mackinac in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 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 work collaboratively—making suggestions and exchanging ideas, 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 winter and to ghost stories and mysteries.



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