On my 6th birthday, my grandmother (whom we called Goochie) gave me The Tall Book of Make-Believe. Over 40 years later I still have that exact copy, with my grandmother’s birthday wishes inscribed in the front. It has been one of my all time favorite books and I love it as much today as I did when I was six. The poems and stories are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams which held me spellbound when I was little. Unfortunately the book is now out of print, however I did find four used copies for sale on the internet. My copy has all the wear and tear you might expect from a book lovingly read over and over again.
The very first book ever given to me specifically, sometime when I was three, of which I have a strong memory, and which I also still have today, was a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It is battered now, but still beloved.