[Ads-l] "See Spot Run"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 2 22:06:52 EST 2017


Fred, I think obtaining the following book will be useful. It seems to
have a 1936 date and contains some key phrases, e.g, "I see spot run"
and "Run Spot, run", but it does not contain a match for "Dick".

The following phrases are visible in snippets in the book pointed to
by the following link within the Google Books database:

https://books.google.com/books?id=3ScNAQAAIAAJ&

[Begin titlepage]
Happy Hour Readers
Teacher's Guide
for
SPOT
A PRE-PRIMER
and
JO-BOY
A PRIMER
by Mildred English
and
Thomas Alexander
[End titlepage]

[Begin excerpt]
Copyright 1936
[End excerpt]

[Begin excerpt]
       1                                                    2
Spot and the Kittens                   Spot and the Kittens

See spot.                                   I see Spot run.
See the kittens                          I see the kittens run.
They run up and down
[End excerpt]

[Begin excerpt]
Spot and the Ducks

Run Spot, run.
Catch the ducks.
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
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> 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.
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> In the Yale Book of Quotations, I have the following:
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> 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=
>  following.
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> Is anyone able to supply any further information about where the "Spot run"=
>  lines first appeared?
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> Fred Shapiro
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