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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Unsure how to explain death or illness in an age-appropriate fashion, parents often turn to books to help their kids understand such difficulties. Death of a loved one or pet, moving, job loss, divorce — there is a book for everything. Almost everything, that is.

Finally, a book that explains to a young child how to handle his or her mother’s plastic surgery

Nope, not making this up.


In a recent article, Newsweek shared the background behind My Beautiful Mommy. Just in time for Mother’s Day. In age-appropriate language, the mother in the story explains to her daughter why she’s having cosmetic surgery.

You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn’t fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better.

And like all good children’s stories, there is a happy ending with mommy who is now “even more” beautiful than before her procedure.

Anyone else just the slightest bit bothered by this???

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 1 May 2008 6:23 pm

    Oh. MY. GOD.
    Please, please tell me this is a joke.

  2. Thursday, 1 May 2008 6:25 pm

    yes, i’ve seen it too. but in the spirit of full-disclosure, they should have said that it’s a self-published book, not vetted by the publishing industry…which i think says something about the publishing industry…i hope!

  3. Tuesday, 6 May 2008 9:27 pm

    Hah. That is kind of funny, kind of…

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