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Postcards from Buster; Buster's Baseball Merengue: The Dominican Republic


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Postcards from Buster
Buster's Baseball Merengue: The Dominican Republic
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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

Buster travels to the colorful, vibrant Dominican Republic as an unofficial scout for the Elwood City Grebes baseball team. There he meets Danny, a promising young baseball player. He also learns the key ingredients in the DR’s distinctive merengue music and samples a delicious local food—pasteles.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Cultural Learning Objectives: Children will gain some understanding of daily culture in the Dominican Republic, as families of the community invite Buster (and television viewers) to join them in enjoying local baseball, merengue, and pasteles. In the process, Buster (and the viewers) also learn a few phrases in Spanish. Children 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 express enthusiasm, to begin to understand and speak a new language, and to ask questions to learn more about another person and his/her life. It also builds children’s familiarity with vocabulary related to sports, especially baseball.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Buster's Baseball Merengue: The Dominican Republic,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F8FE7EB9FBD44B4AF979233E90324D8.
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APA: Postcards from Buster; Buster's Baseball Merengue: The Dominican Republic. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F8FE7EB9FBD44B4AF979233E90324D8
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