- Age Range: 4 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 24 pages
- Publisher: Big Tent Books (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601310323
- ISBN-13: 978-1601310323
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,173,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Beautiful Mommy Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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About the Author
Michael Salzhauer, MD is a boardcertified plastic surgeon practicing in Bal Harbour, Florida. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at The University of Miami, and aesthetic surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. He has performed hundreds of beautiful mommymakeovers during his career. As a father of four young children - and an avid bed-time storyteller - he recognizes the importance and value of using quality informational books to communicate effectively with children. This book was written to help guide patients and their children through their plastic surgery experience. For additional information please visit: balharboursurgery.com
Top customer reviews
Then, I grasped THEY MEANT IT!
Why didn't they name it "Why Can't I Recognize My Mother Anymore?", or "Understanding Silicone For The Preteen Set"?
MOTHERS---THINK WHAT A TERRIBLE SET OF IDEAS THIS GIVES YOUR DAUGHTERS!
In Dr. Salzhauer's world, it is OK to teach young girls that the only path to self-esteem is to have potentially life-threatening surgery to make their bosoms larger, & thus please a man.
I say--no, it isn't.
Our Country, Land of the Free, home of the Superficial.
A recent media commentator wrote:
"The picture book explains all about mom's new boobs, resculptured nose and liposuctioned tush. What's the lesson here? I can just hear the child saying, "I can't wait until I can pay to have someone make me pretty!"
It seems that every couple of months there's another hugely controversial children's book coming down the pike. One of the more recent is My Beautiful Mommy, a book written by a plastic surgeon. It's aimed at preschoolers, and its intention is to help kids understand the process of (surprise!) plastic surgery. And when you lay it out like that, I'm not entirely sure why the book was so controversial; it's not like mothers don't have plastic surgery on a fairly regular basis. (As a side note, I find it remarkably odd that a book that got covered in publications like Entertainment Weekly and People wasn't picked up by any libraries that I could find; at least, none in Ohio have it.) The Entertainment Weekly bit contrasts Salzhauer's assertion that the book isn't meant to glamorize plastic surgery with his character's assertion that a nose job will make mommy look prettier. And, yeah, there's a cognitive disconnect there. I'm not entirely surprised by it, but on the other hand I'm not sure that Salzhauer was being entirely disingenuous in his statement. Doctors are all marketers at heart, especially those in professions where referrals are more the exception than the norm. He may well not have seen such an assertion by one of his characters as glamorizing plastic surgery. That others see it differently (and validly so) doesn't mean he's lying.
But all this is secondary to the main question: how's the book? If you divorce the book itself from the controversy, it's not as horrible as the pundits have made it out to be. It does talk down to its target audience, but not nearly as badly as some books of its kind I've read, and the moral outrage one can feel over something like this is trifling compared to, say, the moral outrage of a book like Alfie's Home. And when it comes right down to it, the important thing is that the book does what it sets out to do; it explains the process of plastic surgery to kids in a way that they can understand. If you're looking for a book that does so, this one will fit the bill nicely. ***
My only problem with this book, and the reason why it did not receive more stars, is the way in which the pre-surgery mommy is so attractively illustrated. Why not give "cocoon mommy" a few more folds and sags to represent the sorry tramps who will be reading this book to their children before emerging from their surgery chrysalis? Your kids don't know you're ugly yet, so shouldn't we be teaching them the difference?
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I have longed for tummy tuck but am very concerned about the message it may give my 6 year old daughter.Read more