FINDING FAMILY IN CHENNAI
Buster is ready to hit the beach in Chennai, India but his teacher wants him to make a family tree.
Buster is ready to hit the beach in Chennai, India but his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, has other plans. He has assigned the class - including Buster - a social studies project to create a family tree that explains the person they are today. Mr. Ratburn puts Buster in touch with Nandan, a student at the Sishya School, who helps Buster construct his family tree. But Buster despairs, as his family tree looks more like a shrub compared to Nandan's! As Buster takes a walk along the beach for inspiration, he stumbles onto a soccer match where he meets Sruthi, a bharatanatyam dancer, who invites him to her dance class. Buster's self-exploration continues as he meets a young Vedic chanter named Aditya. In the end, Buster learns that the real meaning of family is more than his parents and grandparents. Educational Objectives: (1) Exploring Indian culture in an in-depth and authentic way and (2) taking a broad, multi-dimensional approach to social studies.