A synopsis of stories from the series BUSTER’S FARM
By EDWIN THOMPSON
Series four: Three stories, 12:11 total time
STORY 14: SEEING BETTER WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED: It’s time for the annual yard sale. Sir Peabody has devised a way to make quick sales by helping those who appear to be wealthy, while ignoring those who appear poor. In this lesson, Buster teaches us to not judge others by their looks and the importance of treating all equally. In an interesting experiment, Buster shows Sir Peabody that sometimes you can see more clearly without sight.
STORY 15: TEASING: TATER’S STORY: This story introduces Tater the pop-eyed dog. His enormous bulging eyes make him a target for teasing. All of the animals show Tater how to deal with the teasing from others, and teach him what true friends are. Tater learns not to let the teasing from others dampen his self esteem, and that everyone’s different looks are what makes them special and unique.
STORY 16: MISJUDGING OTHERS BY THEIR LOOKS: In this humorous story, Buster encounters a snake in the barnyard, and becomes hysterical with fear. Buster thinks the snake is trying to bite him–while the snake thinks that Buster is trying to stomp him. B.A. Hooty Owl brings reasoning into the chaos and confusion, and teaches us not to draw conclusions based upon how others look, and not to panic in unexpected situations.
Series five: Two Stories 13:26 total time
STORY 17: TERRORISTS STRIKE THE FARM: A timely story that deals with
terrorism. Buster’s Farm becomes the unexpected target of terrorist buzzards. This story
explains why terrorism exists in a way that children can understand. It teaches us not to
live in fear, but to learn from the past, live for today, and to be prepared for the future.
STORY 18: BILLY THE BLUEBIRD: TOO MUCH SUGAR: In this story, Billy the bluebird begins feeding at Harry and Harriet the hummingbirds’ feeder, creating too much sugar in his diet. This short two and a half minute story teaches the dangers of too much sugar in one’s diet.
Series six: Three stories 12:37 total time
STORY 19: TALENTS: UNCLE WOO-WOO: Nermy’s uncle Woo-Woo, the Siamese cat, who is a very important artist, comes to visit BUSTER’S FARM. Nermy tries hard to paint like his uncle, but realizes that he has no talent for painting. This story teaches that everyone has a talent, and that if you seek your talent, you will find it.
STORY 20: ADOPTION: PEANUT’S STORY: Peanut the Border Collie, a friend of all of the animals on BUSTER’S FARM, comes for a visit. Having run the gambit of foster homes, enduring abuse and neglect– Peanut’s never ending joy and zest for life show us that if you wait patiently and cheerfully, with a loving and forgiving heart–love will find you.
STORY 21: PROCRASTINATION: Ed has called an early practice and he’s running late. It’s a beautiful day, too pretty to work on the new story, so all of the animals decide to play hooky from work. This story shows that when you put things off nothing gets done.
Series seven: Two stories, 14:02 total time
STORY 22: AGING: El-POCO’S STORY: El-Poco, an old war hero, and uncle of Cruz the pony, comes to visit. Cruz has a hard time understanding how his uncle was such a hero in the past when now he is always tired, slow, and can’t play with him all the time. The animals explain to Cruz the effects of aging, as well as the reason why we should all have patience and respect for our elders.
STORY 23: LAZINESS: CAESAR THE GOAT: Caesar the goat, the city-slicker friend of young Cruz, comes to spend several weeks at the farm. His lack of helping with chores, and wandering off unsupervised soon leads to tension and trouble. By the time his stay is over at BUSTER’S FARM he learns that being lazy produces nothing in your life. Caesar finds that becoming productive and active makes exiting and wonderful things happen in your life.
SERIES FOUR: 12:00
TRK# 1: pgs.47-51 SEEING BETTER WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (5:00)
TRK# 2: pgs.52-55 TEASING: Tater’s Story (3:24)
TRK# 3: pgs.56-59 MISJUDGING OTHERS BY THEIR LOOKS (3:24)
SERIES FIVE: 13:33
TRK# 4: pgs. 61-69 TERRORISTS STRIKE THE FARM (10:56)
TRK# 5: pgs. 70-71 BIILY THE BLUEBIRD, TOO MUCH SUGAR (2:29)
SERIES SIX: 12:42
TRK# 6: pgs. 73-76 TALENTS: Uncle Woo-Woo (4:11)
TRK# 7: pgs. 77-81 ADOPTION: Peanut’s Story (5:54)
TRK# 8: pgs. 82-84 PROCRASTINATION: (2:23)
SERIES SEVEN: 14:06
TRK# 9: pgs.86-90 AGING: El-Poco’s Story (6:21)
TRK# 10: pgs.91-97 LAZINESS: Caesar the Goat (7:41)
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, ESL / ELL / EFL
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Homeschooler
Type of Resource:
Thematic Unit Plans, Fun Stuff, Guided Reading Books
# of Pages/Slides:
109 Pages Text-- 10 Audio Stories