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Postcards from Buster; Rodeo Cowgirl: Houston, TX



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Postcards from Buster
Rodeo Cowgirl: Houston, TX
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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

When Buster arrives in Houston, he's disappointed to learn that Texas isn't all cowboys and open country. Then he meets 12-year-old Tayler, a self-described "rodeo rat" and granddaughter of retired African American rodeo star Cornelius Cleveland. Buster goes on an adventure into the heart—and history—of cowboy country.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the cultural attributes of an African American family living on a ranch and riding in the rodeo in Houston, Texas. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of Tayler and her family. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss likes and interests, extend and respond to invitations, and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to horseback riding and rodeos.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Rodeo Cowgirl: Houston, TX,” 10/20/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F28AC498706F49B89AB2101B11BCE52D.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Rodeo Cowgirl: Houston, TX.” 10/20/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F28AC498706F49B89AB2101B11BCE52D>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Rodeo Cowgirl: Houston, TX. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F28AC498706F49B89AB2101B11BCE52D
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