|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 1994
Release # 95-039
|CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191
HarperCollins Publishers Recall
Children's Book "Christmas in the Manger"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), HarperCollins Publishers, New York, N.Y., is
voluntarily recalling about 46,500 copies of the children's book, "CHRISTMAS IN THE
MANGER," by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond.
The book, which is for small children, depicts the Christmas nativity story and
incorporates textured surfaces on each picture page. The page showing the Three Wise Men
is decorated with three, colored, plastic, artificial, jewels pasted to the page. The
plastic jewels may separate during use and are small parts, which present a potentially
serious risk of being aspirated into a small child's lungs.
The publisher reported to CPSC when they learned of two instances where the artificial
jewels became detached. Neither the firm nor CPSC is aware of any injuries involving the
book. The recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The book measures approximately 6 inches by 6 1/2 inches and incorporates seven heavy
paper pages plus the cover held together by a white, plastic, spiral binding. The front of
the book bears the title, "CHRISTMAS IN THE MANGER," along with the names of the
author and illustrator and shows the manger scene, while the back of the book reads,
"HarperFestival A Division of HarperCollins Publishers *** Manufactured in
The books were sold by Walden Books, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers nationwide
from September to November 15, 1994, for about $9.95.
The books should immediately be taken away from young children and returned to the store
where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. For more information on this recall,
call HarperCollins at (800) 538-8856, or the CPSC at (800) 638-CPSC.
The firm may correct and continue to distribute their inventory of the same books by
substituting paper for the plastic jewels. The corrected books would not be subject to
this recall action.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall
information or report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.