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Douglas Florian Poem 4

Florian, Douglas. 2002. SUMMERSAULTS: POEMS AND
     PAINTINGS. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0060292687.
 
 

Introduction:  "Graze Days" is a persona poem.  A persona poem is one in which the poet writes as the voice of his or her subject.  In this case, Florian speaks as if he were a cow.  Read the poem to the children and ask them who is speaking?  Florian will surely make the children giggle as he raises a perplexing question at the end of the poem that the children will certainly have to "think about."
 
 
"Graze Days"
 
On sunny days
We cows all graze.
For days we graze on grass.
And all we've seen 
Is grass so green,
Green grass as hours pass.
We chew and chew
The grass that grew,
Green grass from day till night.
And wonder why
That by and by
Our milk is always white.
 
Taken from:
 
Florian, Douglas. 2002. SUMMERSAULTS: POEMS AND
     PAINTINGS. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0060292687
 
Extension: "Graze Days" is the perfect invitation to explore how milk gets from the cow to the refrigerator.  Share the book THE MILK MAKERS by Gail Gibbons (Atheneum , 1985) to help them understand the process of making milk.  Students could search through magazines to find products that are made from milk to make a class or group collage.
 
You could also have the children select an animal of their choice to write their own persona poem.  They could include the animal's characteristics, behavior, and even include some facts about the animal into their poem.  After writing their poem they could illustrate it and share it with the class.  As children are sharing their poems, the other students could guess the identity of the animal in the poem.
 
  

Douglas Florian Poem 5

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