A new book called "Starter Kit Blender", has been recently published by Pearson/Campus Press.
It is written by Jean-Michel Soler (jms in the blenderartists forums - he is well known for his script contributions to Blender) and Marie-France Soler. According to JMS it is intended to "Initiate the reader to Blender. From scratch, one will be brought gradually to design a cartoon film, each chapter approaching an essential stage (management of space, rendering, lighting, materials, animation, sequencing, finalization). Thus, one will familiarize gradually by using the software."
Included with the book is a DVD which contains the demo files needed to support the training materials, as well as 104 flash animations that illustrate the usage of each tool.