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Bach Flower Remedies for Children: A Parents' Guide, by Barbara Mazzarella (Healing Arts Press, $14.95).

Synopsis: The system of treating physical and mental ailments with drops of flower essences has not been adequately applied to children. Here are 38 types of flower remedies and how they are best used, preferably beginning before birth, to treat childhood problems.

Representative quote: "When you feel the need to protect a child from something intangible that you can't quite explain, even to yourself, administer Walnut, which is a protective agent in that it can form a sort of shield that reinforces the aura."

Noteworthy flaw: Suggests that children with respiratory difficulties may be reluctant to "share the air with others" due to their "emotional rigidity." Try Water Violet.

I Believe in Angels, by Jerri Curry, PhD, MFCC (Win Publishing, $14).

Synopsis: Curry, "the target of a sexual assault and a rape" and a victim of domestic violence, marital infidelity, two vehicle accidents, plus other woes too numerous to mention, finds enlightenment, angels, and weight loss in the Himalayas.

Representative quote: "The Royal Thai Airways flight takes off without incident. It is a beautiful airline. I am resting comfortably and beginning to eat more although my slacks are still hanging on me. I haven't been this thin in years."

Noteworthy flaw: Doesn't explain where protective, benevolent angels were during difficult earlier years.

The 12" Baby That Fried an Omelet and Other Crazy Dreams, by Richard P. Cadway (RPC International, $7.95).

Synopsis: Author of Learn DOS Guaranteed! collects dozens of dreams, presenting them in categories such as "Humorous," "Dangerous," "Love," and "Frightening."

Representative quote: "In this Dream, I was walking through a mall designed similarly to my Junior High school except the mall was darker and had higher ceilings....[another 273 words of description] I became all these little lights, spinning around together, and flying off and feeling extremely lighthearted."

Noteworthy flaw: Other people's dreams aren't interesting.

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