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Postcards from Buster; Swimming In The Desert: Phoenix, AZ



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Postcards from Buster
Swimming In The Desert: Phoenix, AZ
Program Number

113; 119

Series Description

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

In Phoenix, Buster checks out the Brophy Sports Campus, an elite training facility for swimmers that Francine has dreams of attending. There he meets Deni, an accomplished swimmer. Deni shows Buster the ins and outs of serious training, and also shares his dream of becoming an astronaut.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the competitive swimming culture at the Brophy Sports Campus, and the daily life of young swimmers who are training there. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of Deni, a dedicated swimmer, an adopted son, and an aspiring astronaut. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss goals and interests and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to career plans, sports, and fitness.



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