Child One: What’s wrong with the bees? There are so few of them?

Child Two: Good question! Oh look, that one’s turning green!

Child One: That’s because you’re wearing those 3D glasses.

Child Two: Oh.

Child Three: Did you know that the bee population is decreasing?

Child One: Why?

Child Three: No one knows.

Child One: Is that a bad thing?

Child Three: Yes, over 3?„4 of the plants grown in the Americas need bees and other pollinators to survive.

Child One: What are pollinators?

Child Three: Pollinators are animals that carry pollen from one plat to another.

Child Two: Why can’t people give plants pollen?

Child Three: Plants don’t work like that. They only take pollen from some animals and only give pollen to some animals.

Child One: What kind of animals?

Child Three: Pollinators like bees!

Child Two: What other kinds of pollinators are there?

Child Three: Well, there are butterflies, but this is about bees.

Child One: How can you help prevent bees from dying?

Child Three: You can keep them in your backyard.

Child One: That sounds fine, but does keeping bees cost a lot?

Child Three: Well, you would need a hive, and a suit, and an extractor, and of course bees, so I guess I could add up.

Child Two: Would I get anything out of keeping bees?

Child Three: You would get honey and bees wax!

Child One: Would my parents want to keep bees?

Child Three: That depends o your parents. They may say yes or no, or just need some persuading. But some people are allergic to bees so they may say “no” because of allergies. But it’s worth a try.

Child Two: Is keeping bees a lot of work?

Child One: You don’t need any special skills, anyone can do it.

Child One: I’m going to ask my parents right now!

Child Two: Me too!

Child Three: Good idea!

Child One and Two (together): Bye!

Child Three: Bye!

— Sophie Barbour-Weiss

Elementary division, 2nd prize

Contract Publishing

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