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Postcards from Buster; Lowriders, The: East Los Angeles, CA



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Postcards from Buster
Lowriders, The: East Los Angeles, CA
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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 thought he had his heart set on buying a sparkling new Schwibbermeier 5000 bike direct from their L.A. factory. But when he meets R.J. and his younger cousins Brian and Anthony in east L.A., they introduce him to the world of lowrider bikes. Buster finds out that sometimes the coolest things aren't what you can buy, but what you can make.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of daily life and culture in a Latino community in East L.A. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss creativity, express opinions, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to custom bicycles.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Lowriders, The: East Los Angeles, CA,” 01/07/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9671517D70F4B6984C0A24B33D34131.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Lowriders, The: East Los Angeles, CA.” 01/07/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9671517D70F4B6984C0A24B33D34131>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Lowriders, The: East Los Angeles, CA. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9671517D70F4B6984C0A24B33D34131
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