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Related to pedomorphic: paedomorphosis, neotenous, mongoloid

pe·do·mor·phism

(pē'dō-mōr'fizm),
Description of adult behavior in terms appropriate to child behavior.
[G. pais (paid), child, + morphē, form]

pedomorphism

(pē′də-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. See neoteny.
2. The description of the behavior of an adult in terms more appropriate to the description of a child's behavior.

pe′do·mor′phic (-fĭk) adj.

pe·do·mor·phism

(pē'dō-mōr'fizm)
Description of adult behavior in terms appropriate to child behavior.
Synonym(s): paedomorphism.
[G. pais (paid), child, + morphē, form]

pedomorphism

(pē″dō-mor′fĭzm) [Gr. pais, child, + morphe, form, + -ismos, condition]
The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.
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Distinguishing between anthropo- and pedomorphic literature is not without precedent and in fact emerges directly from literary studies.
But Moynihan's reading considers the little engine as an anthropomorphic character, not a pedomorphic one, and thus exemplifies one of the hazards of reading anthropomorphism with the assumption that "anthropo" embodies a white, male, and adult norm.
Reading the little engine as a pedomorphic character reveals not Moynihan's optimism at what can be achieved with hard work, but the value of working hard for other people's benefit.