Raccoons are one of the things I miss from living in the Californian Sierra foothills.
I had never met these animals before moving to the States, and was very amused
and fascinated by their frequent night visits to our porch to feast on the cat food.
I was especially amazed was the dexterity of their paws, which looked like tiny hands.
Naturally, our cat was not very happy about this, and hid in the house until they left...
Aurelius Battaglia, The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs, 1952
Feodor Rojankovsky, Frog Went A-Courtin, 1955, thanks to Animation Resources
Claude Humbert, Littlest Raccoon, 1961, thanks to Golden Gems
Arnold Lobel, Red Fox and his Canoe, 1964, and Brian Wildsmith's Wild Animals, 1967
another lovely raccoon by Brian Wildsmith from What the Moon saw, 1978,
thanks to the art of children's picture books