[PW] ? "See Spot Run" (Quotation Query #764)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 19:29:13 PST 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:


[Begin title page]
Happy Hour Readers
Teacher's Guide
by Mildred English
Thomas Alexander
[End title page]

[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]

I would guess that the lines about Spot are in "SPOT: A PRE-PRIMER"
which presumably appeared in 1936 or earlier.


On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 8:42 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> 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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