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.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448488387
Lexile Measure
690L
Guided Reading Level
R
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
May 20, 2015
Series
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
Naturalists
Australia
Herpetologists
Irwin, Steve

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