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Firkin and the Grey Gangsters is a collection of four tales in which animals are the heroes. Firkin and the Grey Gangsters was in 1936 a metaphor for the fear of takeover by corporate America. In fact, Firkin is a young red squirrel who leads his people in a battle against a horde of grey squirrel invaders from America. Also, Firkin speaks in Scots. The Sheep who wasn’t a Sheep is about the thoughts going through the head of a sheep, swimming between one Outer Isle and the other, whereas The White Drake is a farmyard drake in Perthshire learning about flying.
Ann Scott-Moncrieff was born in Orkney in 1914 and died in Nairn in 1943. During her short life she was a journalist, writer and poet who was immortalized by Edwin Muir in his poem ‘To Ann’. Scotland Street Press is in the process of re-publishing her children novels.
Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky also known as Rojan, was a Russian émigré illustrator. He is well known for his illustration of Children’s Literature. In 1936 he illustrated ‘The White Drake,’ reprinted by Scotland Street Press as ‘Firkin andThe Grey Gangsters.’