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The Scrivener: The Beeple Who Did Not Know What It Was

Brian Barratt brings us another entertaining read-aloud story for children about a creature called a Beeple which seeks to solve a great conundrum.

A Beeple did not know what it was.

‘What am I?’ it asked. ‘Perhaps I am a cat. I shall go and find out.’

The Beeple went to see a cat.

‘Hello,’ said the cat. ‘What are you?’

‘Hello,’ said the Beeple. ‘I think I am a cat.’

The cat asked, ‘Do you have fur?’

‘I have no fur,’ answered the Beeple.

The cat asked, ‘Can you miaouw?’

‘I cannot miaouw,’ said the Beeple.

The cat thought about this.

‘If you have no fur and cannot miaouw, you are not a cat,’ said the cat. ‘You must be something else.’

‘I know!’ the Beeple said. ‘Perhaps I am a bucket. I shall go and find out.’

The Beeple went to see a bucket.

‘Hello,‘ said the bucket. ‘What are you?’

‘Hello,’ said the Beeple. ‘I think I am a bucket.’

The bucket asked, ‘Do you have a handle?’

‘I have no handle,’ answered the Beeple.

The bucket asked ‘Do people fill you with water?’

‘People do not fill me with water,’ said the Beeple.

The bucket thought about this.

‘If you have no handle and people do not fill you with water, you are not a bucket,’ said the bucket. ‘You must be something else.’

‘I know!’ said the Beeple. ‘Perhaps I am a people.’

The Beeple thought for a moment. ‘No, that sounds wrong. Perhaps I am a person.’

The Beeple went to see a person.

‘Hello,‘ said the person. ‘What are you?’

‘Hello,’ said the Beeple. ‘I think I am a person.’

The person asked, ‘Do you wear a hat?’

‘I do not wear a hat,’ answered the Beeple.

The person asked ‘Do you eat corn flakes?’

‘I do not eat corn flakes,’ said the Beeple.

The person thought about this.

‘If you do not wear a hat and do not eat corn flakes, you are not a person,’ said the person. ‘You must be something else.’

‘I know!’ said the Beeple. ‘Perhaps I am a steam engine!’

The Beeple went to look for a steam engine. It took a long time to find one.

‘Hello,‘ said the steam engine. ‘What are you?’

‘Hello,’ said the Beeple. ‘I think I am a steam engine.’

The steam engine asked, ‘Do you hiss and puff and blow smoke out of your head?’

This was a difficult question. The Beeple had to think about it.

‘I do not hiss and puff and blow smoke out of my head,’ answered the Beeple.

The steam engine asked ‘Do you run on rails?’

‘I do not run on rails,’ said the Beeple.

The steam engine thought about this.

‘If you do not hiss and puff and blow smoke out of your head, and if you do not run on rails, you are not a steam engine,’ said the steam engine.

‘Not even a very quiet steam engine that stands still?’ asked the Beeple.

‘No,’ said the steam engine. ‘You must be something else.’

‘I know!’ said the Beeple. ‘Perhaps I am a mirror!’

The Beeple found a mirror. It looked in the mirror, and saw another Beeple.

'That is not another Beeple. That is me. Now I know what I am!’ shouted the Beeple. ‘I am a Beeple!’

© Copyright 1998, 2007 Brian Barratt

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