The first book I remember getting as a gift (when I was in the 2nd grade) was Crazy Quilt by Paul Brown. I checked it out of the library as often as I could, until y mother finally gave it to me that Christmas. I read and re-read it and used it as a guide, trying to copy the artwork. It burned, with the ranch house, the day after I graduated from high school.
Off and on for years, I've tried to replace it and this year, thanks to the Internet, used book search engines and a helpful librarian, my search for an 'affordable' copy was finally successful ... 53 years later. I've read it several times already, written on my blog about it http://sharon-familymemories.blogspot.com and now realize where the idea for some of the things I did (or tried to do with my horse and dog) originated!