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Postcards from Buster; Sense Of Direction, A: Chicago, IL



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Postcards from Buster
Sense Of Direction, A: Chicago, IL
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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

At the Sears Tower, Buster meets Farah, a 10-year-old Muslim girl who tells Buster about wearing hijabs, praying towards Mecca, and shopping at her favorite neighborhood Pakistani shops. Buster is intrigued with how Farah's Muslim parochial school is both different from and the same as his own.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the cultural attributes of a Pakistani family and a Muslim school in Chicago. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and the experiences of Pakistani/Muslim children and families. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to introduce others, give directions, and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to school.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Sense Of Direction, A: Chicago, IL,” 10/12/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E792BEB3AAE54D91999732E28AB5C375.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Sense Of Direction, A: Chicago, IL.” 10/12/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E792BEB3AAE54D91999732E28AB5C375>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Sense Of Direction, A: Chicago, IL. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E792BEB3AAE54D91999732E28AB5C375
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