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Postcards from Buster; Up The River: Mandan and Bismarck, ND



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Postcards from Buster
Up The River: Mandan and Bismarck, ND
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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

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Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Buster takes a canoe trip with the Stensley family. Along the way they introduce him to the Norwegian music, language, and dance that make up their family traditions. The adventures continue with the Miller family, who share their favorite pastime: motocross racing!

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the cultural traditions of a Norwegian American family living in North Dakota. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and the experiences of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to ask for and give directions, express appreciation, and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to geography, map skills, and history.



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