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."
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.
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
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.