Fascinating concepts! From my American perspective, British cultural influence never waned in the arena of children's literature. My younger years were saturated with British conceptions of childhood—Winnie the Pooh, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Beatrix Potter, Little Grey Rabbit. There doesn't seem to be any American classic kids' literature at all comparable; I would argue that the American idea of a peaceful, happy, rural childhood of innocence and wonder is actually an British idea.

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