I am appalled. I recently heard about a book for children called My Beautiful Mommy. The book is written by a plastic surgeon who explains the process of plastic surgery through the eyes of a young daughter whose mother is having the surgery. The book is illustrated and written at a child's level.
Let me be clear that I have no issue with plastic surgery in general. If it makes you feel better to look better (in your own eyes) then more power to you. Now, if you are going overboard and are never happy with how you look, then you need a psychiatrist and not a plastic surgeon. As with anything else, there are degrees.
What bothers me about this book is the idea that in order to be beautiful, mommy has to undergo plastic surgery. I think that is the message being conveyed. My Beautiful Mommy just seems like a very sad title for such a book. I can understand wanting to explain plastic surgery to children since they are clearly going to notice that mommy has had surgery and/or is bandaged, etc. BUT...couching it in terms of surgery makes one beautiful is just beyond disturbing.
Here is a description of the book from another site:
Illustrations show a crook-nosed mom with loose tummy skin under her half shirt picking up her young daughter early from school one day and taking her to a strapping and handsome "Dr. Michael."
Mom explains she's going to have operations on her nose and tummy and may have to take it easy for a week or so. The girl asks if the operations will hurt, and mom replies, "Maybe a little," warning she'll look different after the bandages come off.
The girl asks: "Why are you going to look different?"
Mom responds: "Not just different, my dear — prettier!"
Not just different, but prettier?! Why not just load your daughter up with body image issues right now and get it over with?