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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dutton Children's Books is recalling about 24,000 "Color `N' Contrast Crib Books."

The books were sold by two titles, "Kitty and Friends" and "Puppy and Friends." They were sold under the Playskool name.Straight pins used during the manufacturing process were mistakenly left in some books, creating a hazard to young children.

Neither the CPSC nor the company are aware of any injuries involving these books. The recall is to prevent possible injuries.

Each book consists of five attached plush fabric panels. Each panel has a black-and-white picture on one side and a color picture on the other. The panels can be folded into one another, creating a "book." The first and last panel have Velcro tabs attached so that the unfolded panels can be attached to crib slats and used as a crib decoration. The books measure 51/4 by 51/4 when folded and 51/4 by 26 inches when extended.

The "Kitty and Friends" book includes colored panels with pictures of a house, a bear, a duck, a flower and a locomotive. The book's black-and-white panels include pictures of a rocking horse, four boxes with a quarter moon, a heart, a triangle and a star, a boy's face, a target and a cat.

The "Puppy and Friends" book includes colored panels with pictures of a fish, a ball, a butterfly, a car and an apple. The black-and-white panels include pictures of a sail boat, four boxes with two circular mazes and two square mazes, a girl's face, a design with a triangle, a heart, a circle and a star, and a dog.

A label on the fabric flaps reads in part, "Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc. . . . Playskool . . . Hasbro Inc.," and "ISBN 0-525-45468-3" or "ISBN 0525-45469-1."

The books were packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard insert and a cardboard header. The header reads in part, "Playskool Color `N' Contrast Crib Book."

Various retail stores, including Barnes and Noble, Walden Books and Burlington Coat Factory, sold the books nationwide from November 1995 to March 1996 for $4.99 each.

Take the books away from young children and return them to the retail store where you bought them for a full refund. Or mail them to Penguin USA, 100 Fabrite Road, Newbern, TN 38059-1334, Attn: Cloth Book Dept. Penguin USA will reimburse you for the books and the postage. For more information, call 1-800-477-9911.



Pain in the neck?

Four out of five Americans suffer pain in the neck, back or both at some time during their lifetime. And, for many, their trouble begins while sleeping.

This is because sleeping on the stomach, with the neck turned to the side, puts the neck ligaments under unusual stress. Sleeping on your side or back is less stressful to the neck and spine, said Jennifer Ellison, a clinical instructor of physical therapy at the University of Texas in Dallas.

Too many pillows may also be bad for the spine, regardless of sleeping position, Ellison said. Try sleeping with a neck roll or one small, supportive pillow, she said.

- Maturity News Service