Postcards from Buster - Buster's Outdoor Journeys
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- Four episodes: Sugartime (Hinesburg, VT), Meet Me at the Fair (Knox, IN), The Giant Pumpkins (Mt. Hood, OR), Bayou by Me (Sidell, LA)
- Drawing with Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur book series
- Overview of the series for parents and educators
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Actually, they spend all of about two minutes on this topic. Buster comments on how he thinks it's neat that these kids have two Moms --- "wow, that's a lot of Moms" and that's it. No mention is even made of them being lesbians and a lot of the little kids watching might not even notice or care unless it's brought up to them.
Note that because of this episode, there are a couple things different about this DVD from the other "Postcards" DVD releases. All episodes except "Sugartime!" are preceded by a notice that funding was provided by a Ready to Learn No Child Left Behind grant. "Sugartime!" does not contain this notice because the funding was unwisely pulled. Also, the episodes do not play continuously when selected individually.
Now onto a more detailed DVD review.
There are also three other episodes "Meet Me at the Fair" (Knox, IN), "The Giant Pumpkins" (Mt. Hood, OR) and "Bayou, By Me." (Sidell, LA) These are all great episodes and feature Buster learning some important things --- not to lie to his parents for one. What's really cool is that these feature some interesting trivia and things --- you can actually learn more about these real giant pumpkins by searching around online.
DVD special features are the same as other "Postcards" releases --- an outline of the series for Parents and Educators and Drawing with Marc Brown. Wisely, I think, they chose not to include any special commentary or specials about the "Sugartime!" episode.
Below is an excerpt from an article in a Tucson paper that clears the air a bit:
In the episode that upset U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, Buster learns how to make maple syrup in Vermont with some real children and their parents, who are all women. One little girl refers to her mother and stepmother.
"That's a lot of moms!" Buster remarks in the episode titled, "Sugarland!" Nothing more is said about the families.
Second of all: This is probably going to be long and it is most likely going to offend a lot of people, but all of you need to grow up. I have watched all the episodes including the "dangerous and deadly" episode "Sugartime" in which Buster learns about maple syrup and then along the way he meets two kids who have two moms. During the visit, Buster says excitedly those "chilling" words: "That's a lot of moms!" Since these chilling words have been spoken, PBS and some people who support it have pulled the "Sugartime" episode where it could never be seen, but it is included with the dvd, however, back to the point. Everyone, please grow up! Just because Buster says "That's a lot of moms," doesn't mean it's going to corrupt your kids. For some reason, parents keep thinking that there kids are going to become gay or lesbians. You can all relax because it's not going to happen. If anything happens, only the person who wants it to happen can make it happen, no show or book can make something happen or corrupt you. Only you have the power to do that to yourself. I am a Christian and I beleive that it is wrong and I don't want people to be a homosexual, but it's their choice and everyone has a right to do what they want even if we don't think so. In conclusion, please enjoy this dvd and please accept the fact that in two minutes, two moms are mentioned and please just get on with your life.
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my kids are 6 and 8 and they enjoyed this... they only watched it once but its nice that there all diffrent kids of famillies in this including a two mommy household. nice dvdPublished on June 23, 2011 by kolormekarla
My 4-year old daughter, who loves "Arthur," picked this out at a flea market recently. We'd read a couple of the internationally-themed Buster books from the library but were not... Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by jamie