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Postcards from Buster; Step By Step: Hartford, CT



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Postcards from Buster
Step By Step: Hartford, CT
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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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Francine and Sue Ellen need to learn the 1-2-3s of Puerto Rican dance. So Buster explores the Puerto Rican community in Hartford where he meets ten-year-old Katerina. She shows Buster the traditional bomba and plena dances, and the modern salsa. She also shares her hearing impairment with Buster, proving that nothing can stop her from doing what she loves most.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the Puerto Rican community in Hartford. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss plans and needs and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to sequence, music, and dance.



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