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Postcards from Buster; Treasure Island: San Juan, PR



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Postcards from Buster
Treasure Island: San Juan, PR
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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

Los Viajeros are stuck in a recording studio in San Juan, and Carlos has writer's block. So he enlists Buster and Bo's help to uncover some of his childhood memories and stimulate his songwriting. While in Puerto Rico, Buster discovers the beauty of Old San Juan, secret beaches, and the rainforest. He also puts to use the Spanish that he's learned on his travels.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of daily life, culture, and history in Puerto Rico. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the Puerto Rican children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to talk about memories and places; describe sights, sounds, and smells; and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to nature and history.



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