PreS-Gr 3 In this republication of an old poem, children meet four-year-old Michael Master and his father, who get along famously, even though his father one day begins to shrink unaccountably. (His consumption of Indian ink is suspected as the cause.) As Mr. Master gets smaller and smaller, simple things like clothing and transportation become a problem, and when last seen, Mr. Master is microscopic in size. Told in quatrains of remarkably good meter, Little Father is an innocuous poem which is helped along considerably by Egielski's droll full-page illustrations, which presumably reflect the period in which the poem was written (1899), although some of the clothing pictured is of a distinctly earlier period. However, the whimsical expressions on the faces of the characters and the idea of a man shrinking to microscopic size will keep readers and listeners amused, even if the ending is rather abrupt. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.