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Postcards from Buster; City View, A: Manhattan, NY



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Postcards from Buster
City View, A: Manhattan, NY
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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

While taking in the sights of Manhattan with new friends Aryeh and Mattie, Buster discovers that living in a big city doesn't mean you're trapped in giant skyscrapers. The kids help Buster understand a little more about city life and about their traditions as Orthodox Jews.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of Orthodox Jewish culture and traditions. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the Orthodox Jewish children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss cultural traditions, rituals, and second language learning, and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to city life.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; City View, A: Manhattan, NY,” 01/11/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD46773A234B4BD5B03103987A921616.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; City View, A: Manhattan, NY.” 01/11/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD46773A234B4BD5B03103987A921616>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; City View, A: Manhattan, NY. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD46773A234B4BD5B03103987A921616
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