Who Was Steve Irwin? (Who Was?)

by Dina Anastasio (Author) Jim Eldridge (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
By popular demand, the 100th Who Was...? subject is Steve Irwin! Steve Irwin did not have a typical childhood. Born in Melbourne, Australia, on February 22, 1962, he was raised on the wildlife park his parents owned. He cared for the animals and especially loved reptiles--he got a python for his sixth birthday! At nine years old, Steve was already helping his father wrestle small crocodiles. He became a crocodile trapper after graduating high school, catching the creatures before dangerous poachers could. Steve met his wife, Terri, at his family's park, and instead of a honeymoon, the pair filmed a wildlife documentary that led to the creation of the well-known series The Crocodile Hunter. Tragically, Steve was killed on September 4, 2006 while filming a documentary when a stingray attacked, piercing his heart. He was forty-four years old. However, his life's work obviously still strikes a chord with kids who voted him the winner of the 100th Who Was...? title.
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Dina Anastasio
Dina Anastasio is the author of Where Is the Super Bowl?, Who Was Steve Irwin?, and many other books.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
May 19, 2015
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
JNF038030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Australia & Oceania
JNF002000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Adventure & Adventurers
Library of Congress categories
Irwin, Steve

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