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Postcards from Buster; Music Mystery, The: New Orleans, LA



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Postcards from Buster
Music Mystery, The: New Orleans, LA
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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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Fern is writing a mystery story for a writing contest, but she needs help developing the characters. So Buster Baxter, Private Eye, investigates New Orleans's rich music and dance history. Along the way, he meets African drummer Colin, choir director Brittany, and stilt dancer Niya.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of daily life, culture, and history in the African American community in New Orleans. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to ask about unfamiliar words and events and learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to sequence, the writing process, and literature-especially mystery stories.



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