|Publication number||USRE37362 E1|
|Application number||US 09/177,093|
|Publication date||Sep 11, 2001|
|Filing date||Oct 22, 1998|
|Priority date||Apr 25, 1995|
|Also published as||US5573438|
|Publication number||09177093, 177093, US RE37362 E1, US RE37362E1, US-E1-RE37362, USRE37362 E1, USRE37362E1|
|Original Assignee||D'andrea Deborah|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (25), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (7), Classifications (8), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates generally to books, and more particularly to a book for young readers designed to make reading more enjoyable. The book of the present invention preferably includes illustrations on at least some of the pages thereof. Additionally, edible candy is provided as a part of the book pages and may be positioned to form a part of an illustration found on a page. The candy is attached to or otherwise provided as a part of the book pages in a manner so that it may be easily removed from the book and eaten by the reader.
Encouraging children to read has always been a concern of society. As school and work become increasingly competitive, the importance of encouraging children to read at a young age has increased.
Many different types of books have been designed to make reading more enjoyable for young readers. For example, there are books that allow the reader to see his or her image superimposed on the pages thereof. Other books are designed to play music or other sounds. However, parents and others are continuously looking for new ways to encourage young readers.
The present invention is therefore directed to a book designed to make reading more enjoyable for young readers comprising at least one page and at least one piece of edible candy releasably attached to the page. Preferably, the page includes an illustration thereon and the candy is attached to the page so that it forms a part of the illustration. In the manufacturing process, the candy may be placed on the pages of the book by hand or by the use of an automated machine. In a preferred embodiment, the pieces of candy are positioned on each illustrated page in one or more substantially straight columns and/or rows to facilitate the automated manufacturing of the book pages.
In an alternative embodiment, the pages of the book may include one or more holes formed therein, and the candy may be provided in the proper relative positions on a separate substrate to form a candy insert such that when the book page and the candy insert are positioned immediately adjacent to one another, the candy pieces are in registry with and extend out through the holes formed in the page. Preferably, the book page is illustrated and the holes formed therein are positioned so that when the candy insert and the book page are positioned immediately adjacent one another, the candy pieces are in registry with and extend out through the holes formed in the page such that the candy forms a part of the illustration.
FIG. 1 pictorially illustrates a book in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 1A is a side elevational view of a page including candy in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 pictorially illustrates an alternative embodiment of the present invention;
FIG. 2A is a side elevational view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 2;
FIG. 2B is a side elevational view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 2 in its final assembled form.
Reference will now be made in detail to the present preferred embodiments of the invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Wherever possible, the same reference numbers will be used throughout the drawings to refer to the same or like parts.
A book in accordance with the present invention is shown generally at 10 and 10′ in FIGS. 1 and 2 respectively and comprises one or more pages 12 bound together in book form by a binding 14. Binding 14 may be formed in any suitable manner known in the book binding art. For example, a spiral wire binding or an adhesive may be used to bond the various pages 12 of book together. Book 10 is contemplated for use by children and as such, book 10 may be manufactured to withstand some amount of mistreatment. For example, pages 12 of book 10 may be formed from relatively heavy paper stock so that the pages 12 will resist tearing. Also, a front cover 16 and a rear cover 18 are preferably provided to protect the pages 12 of book 10.
A preferred embodiment of the book 10 of the present invention is shown in FIGS. 1 and 1A wherein at least one of the pages 12 of book 10, and preferably a plurality of pages 12 include an illustration 30 printed, painted, or otherwise disposed on at least a portion thereof. Any illustration may be utilized and the invention is not meant to be limited to the examples shown in the figures. One or more pieces of candy 40 are attached to the page 12 including an illustration 30 thereon such that the candy forms a part of the illustration 30. In an alternative embodiment, the candy 40 may be attached to a page 12 of book 10 for reasons other than to form a part of an illustration 30 found on the page 12. For example, a piece of candy 40 may be attached at the bottom of each page 12 so that upon reading the page 12 a child may remove and eat the candy 40 as a reward.
In a preferred embodiment, the candy 40 is “button” candy having a generally dome or droplet shape and may be of any size and color. However, any other suitable candy 40 may be used and the invention is not meant to be limited to the particular candy 40 described herein. The candy 40 is preferably attached to the pages 12 of book 10 by a nontoxic adhesive substance or by the action of the natural sticky properties of the candy 40 upon the page 12 such that the reader of the book may remove and eat the pieces of candy 40 from the pages 12 of book 10. The portion of the page 12 under each piece of candy 40 may be colored to correspond to the surrounding area of the page or may be white so that the reader can use a crayon or the like to color the area after the piece of candy 40 has been removed from the page 12. In the manufacturing of book 10, candy 40 may be attached to each page 12 by hand, or by the use of an automated machine. Many different types of depositing machines exist and are suitable for use in depositing candy 40 upon pages 12 or upon separate insert sheets 42 (FIG. 2) as is discussed in more detail below. For example, suitable depositing machines are manufactured by Knobel and may be purchased in the United States from American Chocolate Mould Co., Inc., 3194 Lawson Boulevard, Oceanside, N.Y. 11572. The present invention may also be provided in kit form wherein a supply of candy 40 is provided to be attached to the pages 12 of book 10 by the reader. It is thought in a further preferred embodiment, although not required, to design the illustrations 30 such that the candy pieces 40 may be deposited on the pages 12 in one or more substantially straight columns c1,c2,c3,c4,c5 and/or one or more substantially straight rows r1,r2,r3,r4. Such an arrangement is thought to facilitate the automated process of depositing the candy pieces 40 onto the pages 12. Not depositing candy pieces 40 on pages 12 in substantially straight columns c1-c5 and/or rows r1-r4 would necessitate more sophisticated equipment and additional manufacturing time, although such is contemplated by the present invention.
An alternative embodiment of the present invention is shown at 10′ in FIG. 2 wherein at least one page 12 includes an illustration 30 printed, painted, or otherwise disposed thereon. One or more holes 50 are formed through the page 12 at predetermined locations relative to the illustration 30 2A and 2B, page 12 preferably includes a backing sheet 60 connected to page 12 in such a manner to form a pocket 62 between page 12 and backing sheet 60. Backing sheet 60 may be formed by an adjacent page 12 of book 10′. Candy pieces 40 are releasably adhered to a separate sheet of paper or another suitable substrate material in relative positions corresponding to the placement of holes 50 through page 12 to form a candy insert 42. Insert 42 is designed to be received within pocket 62 formed between page 12 and backing sheet 60 such that when page 12 and insert 42 are positioned immediately adjacent one another as is shown in FIG. 2B, candy pieces 40 are in registry with and extend outward through holes 50 formed through page 12 to form a part of the illustration 30. Illustration 30 may include printed regions 31 that are of a similar size, shape, and color as candy pieces 40 to complete the overall appearance of the illustration 30 when the book is assembled as is shown in FIG. 2B. The candy pieces 40 may then be removed from the book 10′ and eaten by the reader. However, it can be seen that after candy pieces 40 are removed from the book 10′, it is then a simple matter to replace insert 42 with another similar insert 42 containing additional candy 40 attached thereto. In this manner, it can be seen that the invention provides a book 10′, including candy 40 that may be reused numerous times by a child or others. As was discussed with respect to FIGS. 1 and 1A, it is thought preferable to arrange holes 50, and consequently candy pieces 40 in substantially straight columns c1,c2,c3, and/or substantially straight rows r1,r2,r3 to facilitate the automated placement of candy pieces 40 onto insert 42 in the required configuration, although such is not required. Although it is preferred that the candy 40 form part of the illustration 30 of page 12, holes 50, and consequently candy 40 may be positioned on a non-illustrated page 12 and/or at any desired location upon a page 12.
Those skilled in the art will recognize that the alternative embodiment of the present invention discussed it relation to FIGS. 2 through 2B may also be provided in kit form, wherein the kit includes several inserts corresponding to various illustrated pages 12 of book 10′. The insert 42 may be marked to indicate an association with a particular page 12 of book 10′ or, this association between certain inserts 42 and pages 12 may be made by the young reader upon examination and comparison of the holes 50 formed through any page 12 and the placement of the candy pieces 40 upon the various insert sheets 42. For example, in FIG. 2, it may be seen that insert 42 includes an illustration shown in phantom at 30′ that corresponds to illustration 30 on page 12. The correspondence between illustrations 30,30′ will assist a young reader in choosing the proper insert 42 for each page 12 of book 10.
While the foregoing description has set forth the preferred embodiment of the invention in particular detail, it must be understood that numerous modifications, substitutions, and changes may be undertaken without departing from the true spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the ensuing claims.
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|U.S. Classification||446/149, 426/104, 446/386, 434/429, 446/73|
|May 19, 2008||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Nov 7, 2008||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|