[Ads-l] "See Spot Run"

Capital One wh5mith at BELLSOUTH.NET
Thu Feb 2 21:20:31 EST 2017

I had _Dick and Jane_ in 1948.  I'm sure "See Spot run" was there. A brilliant casuist disproved every false generalization. He ihads justly known lately. Moreover, no pompous quibbler really said that useful verities were xenophobic yet zealous.

      From: "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
 Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:43 PM
 Subject: "See Spot Run"
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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 R=
eaders, 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 n=
ot appear in the 1931 guidebook but were introduced sometime in the decades=

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

Fred Shapiro


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