A Beginner's Guide to Minecraft includes everything you need to get started and enjoy the game. It is a basic walkthrough (35 pages long) that goes through blocks, crafting, animals, building your first shelter, creating a mine, enemies, and surviving your first day. It is packed with pictures and screenshots and charts.
Table of Contents (each section is very detailed):
Introduction Blocks and Crafting Animals Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Building Your First Settlement and Mine Enemies Putting It All Together: Surviving Your First Day Epilogue