What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
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Two books from my childhood come to mind.
One Christmas, I received my very first 'real' book, Little Women. I can still remember it. I spent the holiday reading it cover to cover. It was just the first section (the happy part) when they were all still children. Little Women will always be connected with Christmas in my mind; Beth playing carols on the piano, Mr March arriving on Christmas Eve and of course the very first line:
"Christmas just isn't Christmas without any presents."
When I was little, my grandmother on my father's side lived all the way over in British Columbia. Every couple of years she'd come for a visit and stay a few weeks in the summer. She'd always bring us something. One year it was a book: Heidi. It was a little harder book than I was used to but I enjoyed reading about Heidi, her grandfather and the goats. Of course, that my grandmother gave it to me is why it is such a special gift.
The fact that I still have these books as an adult and that they've survived several moves, shows how much these gifts mean to me. I'm quite sentimental.