So my book is a children’s book. It was mostly pictures but also some text and a little story to go along with the photos. It is from the 70s/80s as the 80s were when I was taking the book out of the library. It was about a raccoon named Thistle. I am pretty sure of the name but it followed the story and pictures of a racoon with that name. I hope that is enough to go on as I haven’t found it anywhere. They were actual photographs and not drawings. And I’m pretty sure there was a picture of Thistle on the cover.
Could it be Thistle & Co. by Era Zistel?
…Or “Thistle” by Era Zistel. Here’s a picture of the cover on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/THISTLE-By-Era-Zistel-Hardcover-Mint-Condition/184636950046?epid=2070154&hash=item2afd38461e:g:HCoAAOSwBmhgD6Oq
There are two books by by Era Zistel about a raccoon named Thistle which are illustrated with photographs. They may be diffferent editions of the same stories as there’s a 20 year gap between publishing. The earlier one is more likely to be your book as it has a photograph of a raccoon on the cover.
Thistle (1967) Random House. The story of an unusual friendship between a raccoon and a kitten
Thistle & co (1981)Little, Brown. The story of a raccoon and two skunks who live with the author for a few seasons before returning to the wild.
Hello! I am the person with the query! Thank you for finding it! I am pretty sure it is the version with the picture on it and I have purchased that eBay copy! Sorry for the delay as the email went to spam! Thanks!!