A synopsis of stories from the series “BUSTER’S FARM”
By EDWIN THOMPSON
Series one: Seven stories, 14:30 total time
Stories 1 through 5 are short character development stories introducing the characters of BUSTER’S FARM; some have lessons interwoven, while others are strictly to introduce the characters and their personalities.
STORY 1. MOVING TO THE FARM: A character development story that takes Buster, the Paso Fino horse, from his lonely life in the city to his new home in the country filled with new friends. The story lesson helps children understand that sometimes moving to a new home can be better than staying where you are.
STORY 2. MEETING NEW FRIENDS: A character development story that introduces Sir Peabody, the cocky and arrogant Peacock, who throughout the series is an antagonist to Buster. Also introduced is B.A. Hooty Owl, a character of practical wisdom that always restores order to the chaos, while offering plain and practical solutions to many of the problems. This lesson teaches us not to be baffled by beauty, or intimidated by those who think that they are in charge.
STORY 3. CRUZ: The PASO FINO PONY: A character development story that introduces the high energy, fun loving pony Cruz. A naive youth full of questions concerning life.
STORY 4. HELPING OTHERS: CAPTAIN HOONY: A character development story that introduces Captain Hoony the cat. This story tells of his near death experience, and how he was saved by B.A. Hooty Owl. The lesson in this story teaches that we should always help others when we can, and that doing right–is always the right thing to do.
STORY 5: ACCEPTING WHO YOU ARE: NERMY KITTY: A character development story that introduces Nermy the kitten, who longs to be as beautiful and as bold Sir Peabody. This story shows that one cannot pretend to be someone, or something you are not, and that you should be proud of your own beauty and individuality.
STORY 6: PREJUDICE: A four minute story that brings all of the characters together, as well as introduces the ducks that live on the farm. The lesson on prejudice is brought into play as some passing crows ask to have a drink of water and a swim in the pond to cool off. The ducks argue to the others that the crows are different from the members of the farm, and therefore should not be allowed to use the pond. This story deals directly with the issue of prejudice. By the end of this story we are shown how much in life can not be seen when one lives in the blindness of prejudice.
STORY 7: SLEEPY TIME: A fifty second filler story that re-enforces the importance of looking out for each other, and living harmoniously together.
Series two: Two stories, 12:06 total time
STORY 8: WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR: Based upon the classic story of “The Good Samaritan.” As Buster and Sir Peabody travel into town for supplies they encounter a small dog that has been mugged and left injured along the road. The argument of whether or not to stop and help ensues between Buster and Sir Peabody. Helping the injured dog will cost them money, making it impossible to purchase all of their needed supplies for the winter. True to his character, Buster stops to help the injured dog–much to the objections of Sir Peabody. This story teaches that we are all neighbors, and we should always help those in need. We are shown that one will always be rewarded for their good deeds–sometimes in the most surprising ways.
STORY 9: BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE: THE ANT: Buster encounters an ant doing the impossible, carrying a morsel of food twice his own size. This 50 second story teaches that as long as one believes and tries, then there is nothing one can’t do!
Series three: Four stories, 11:25 total time
STORY 10: PRIDE: It’s molting season, and Sir Peabody has lost his brilliant feathers, along with his self esteem. B.A. Hooty shows us that beauty is fading, but wisdom is permanent. The story teaches the age old adage that “pride comes before a fall.”
STORY 11: SHARING CHORES: As all of the animals are tending their crops Peabody’s paranoia’s pop up as the bees come to gather pollen used to make their honey– which they share with all of the animals. B.A. Hooty points out Peabody’s freeloading ways, and nearly convinces Peabody that the bees are not the “spies” that he imagines. This lesson teaches that when we all work together and share, everyone’s needs are met. And that to “waste not, is to want not.”
STORY 12: STEALING: THE MOUSE: Grain is missing from Buster’s food supply; the culprit is a little mouse. In this story, Buster teaches that to be in need is nothing to be ashamed of, and that asking for help is always more honorable than stealing. The story emphasizes that stealing is always wrong.
STORY 13: EVERYONE CAN HELP IN A CRISIS: Lightning strikes the barn. This causes financial difficulties because the animals have to fix the roof. All of the animals, as well as the neighboring farm animals, pitch in to help raise the needed money. Despite all of the help, they’re still short of the needed money. The burden falls upon Sir Peabody to donate his beautiful plumage in order to raise the additional money. We are shown that during a crisis, painful sacrifices are sometimes required, and that we all have help that we can offer.
SERIES ONE: 13:50
TRK# 1: pg. 7 INTRO w\ BUSTER’S FARM THEME SONG, sung by Buster (1:31)
TRK# 2: pgs. 9-10 MOVING TO THE FARM (1:56) character development story
TRK# 3: pgs.11-12 NEW FRIENDS (1:38) character development story
TRK# 4: pg.13 CRUZ: The Paso Fino Pony (:56) character development story
TRK# 5: pgs.14-15 HELPING OTHERS, Captain Hoony (1:46) character dev. story
TRK# 6: pg.16 ACCEPTING WHO YOU ARE: Nermy Kitty (1:05) character dev. story
TRK# 7: pgs.17-20 PREJUDICE (4:00)
TRK# 8: pg.21 SLEEPY TIME (:26)
SERIES TWO: 12:06
TRK# 9: pgs.23-33 WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR (11:12)
TRK# 10: pg. 34 BELIEVE and ACHIEVE: The Ant (:50)
SERIES THREE: 11:25
TRK# 11: pgs. 36-37 PRIDE (2:33)
TRK# 12: pgs. 38-39 SHARING CHORES (2:06)
TRK# 13: pgs. 40-41 STEALING: The Mouse (2:08)
TRK# 14: pgs. 42-45 EVERYONE CAN HELP IN A CRISIS (4:20)
The series is endorsed and used by Dr. Grad Flick as well as select Lighthouse for the Blind schools. Share these wonderful and fun lessons with your students and you will all fall in love with Buster!