[Ads-l] "See Spot Run"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Feb 2 20:43:41 EST 2017

In the Yale Book of Quotations, I have the following:

See Dick.
See Dick run.
William S. Gray and Edna B. Liek, Teacher's Guidebook for the Elson Basic Readers, Pre-Primer and Primer sec. 1 (1931).  The best-known lines from the "Dick and Jane" readers, "See Spot.  See Spot run.  Run, Spot, run!," do not appear in the 1931 guidebook but were introduced sometime in the decades following.

Is anyone able to supply any further information about where the "Spot run" lines first appeared?

Fred Shapiro


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