Do classic children’s books give us too rosy a view of childhood?

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At a recent discussion of childhood during the past 50 years one speaker said he thought everyone remembered their childhood as being like something out of Arthur Ransome‘s Swallows and Amazons. Do you think how childhood is portrayed in classic children’s books has affected how we think childhood used to be? If so, has it given us too rosy a view of it?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2013/apr/22/book-doctor-classic-childrens-books-too-rosy-childhood

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