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Consumer product recall

Children's books titled "Count my kisses, 1, 2, 3" and "red, green, blue, I love you"

Starting date:
September 10, 2013
Posting date:
September 10, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety, Choking Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Affected products

Children's books titled "Count my kisses, 1, 2, 3" and "red, green, blue, I love you"

Product description

This recall involves the following two book titles:

  • Count my kisses, 1, 2, 3, ISBN:978-0-316-13354-8, has five colored cylindrical wooden beads with printed hearts on the rod; and
  • red, green, blue, I love you, ISBN: 978-0-316-13353-1, has five colored circular wooden beads on the metal rod.

The shaped children’s board books have cut out covers that serve as a handle and include an embedded bar in the handle with beads for children to play with. “Ages 3+” is printed on the back covers and the ISBN numbers are also on the back covers near the bar code.

Hazard identified

A metal rod holding small beads on the cover of the books can detach and release small parts that present a choking hazard. A detached metal bar can expose a sharp edge posing a laceration hazard.

Neither Health Canada nor Hachette Book Group, Inc. has received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these books.

Number sold

Approximately 3,423 units of the recalled books were sold in Canada and approximately 70,000 books in the United States at Barnes & Noble, online at and by other booksellers and retailers.

Time period sold

The recalled books were sold from June 2013 to August 2013 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Starlite Holdings Ltd.




Hachette Book Group Inc.

New York City

New York


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What you should do

Consumers should take the recalled books away from children immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information, consumers may contact Hachette Book Group, Inc. by telephone at 1-888-965-5802 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.