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Postcards from Buster

Postcards from Buster

Spring 2009 Television
Ages: 4 & Up
Network: PBS
Review:
Postcards from Buster is a PBS spin-off of the wildly popular Arthur series. In this animated series, Arthur’s pal Buster accompanies his pilot-father on an extended tour of North America and each episode takes the sociable and non-judgmental young traveler to a different location where he meets up with a myriad collection of kids and their families.

With camera in tow, Buster sends video postcards of his adventures back to his friends in Ellwood City. Young viewers will appreciate this fascinating glimpse at just how many different cultures and customs exist within their own country – but Postcards from Buster still offers well-written scripts with engaging storylines so it maintains the feel of a program; no kid will feel cheated that he just got tricked into watching a social studies book in disguise.

With the trademark PBS focus on educational content, Postcards from Buster also emphasizes strong language skills, plus it patterns useful behavior for kids who need a nudge when it comes to meeting and interacting with new people and situations. Like Arthur, the series that inspired it, expect Postcards from Buster to [rightfully] be around for a good, long time.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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