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Steve & Me [Kindle Edition]

Terri Irwin , Craig E. Franklin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Few celebrities touch as many people as Steve Irwin did. He was loved by people from all walks of life and his vast efforts at conservation continue to make a difference all over the globe.
Steve and Terri's story is not just one of taking a noble cause to a new height, but is also a fairytale love affair. When Terri, an American tourist in Australia, first laid eyes on Steve, she saw a real-life action hero. She was, however, disappointed to hear that his heart belonged to another. Steve then offered to introduce her to his girlfriend, whistled and presented his best girl: a Staffordshire bull terrier called Sui. Later, Steve took Terri on a unique first date - a canoe ride through the swamps at night. She describes how Steve climbed out of the boat into the crocodile-filled water and how she knew she was with the bravest man she'd ever met. Steve and Terri married in June 1992 and the footage of their crocodile-trapping honeymoon became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter. WIth the opening of the Australia Zoo, the couple brought conservation to the people and became ambassadors for the native wildlife. Together, Steve and Terri changed the perception of conservation and sparked global interest in the animals of the Australian bush. Terri's book chronicles this work with their children Bindi and Bob and is her tribute to keeping Steve's memory and mission alive.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and heartfelt 6 Dec. 2007
By Bunny
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I too read this book from cover to cover within 48 hours of receiving it. Despite there being a pile of books I had to read first, this one won through every time and to be honest I could'nt put it down.

Like Steve's life, the whole book is an adventure, it's funny and sad and touching too and you really feel as though what you're reading is the closest thing to Steve writing the book himself.

If you loved Steve before, you'll love him even more as you discover how hard he worked and how passionate he was about his family and the things he believed in.

I was delighted to discover from the book that Steve Irwin was exactly what I thought he was, a wildlife warrior and a really lovely human being, who although his life was short, packed more in than most people would in several lifetimes.

I will probably read this book again and again in years to come and found it well written and captivating, despite obviously knowing what the ending would bring.

I really admire how the book was written and especially how Terri managed to tell her background and Steve's in an entertaining and engaging way.

I'd recommend this book to everyone, it's a fascinating story and the fact that it is all true just makes it even more amazing to read.

At the end of the book, Terri writes about how there were many more stories included before the book was edited down to it's current size, I for one would love to read more of their adventures and look forward to their future publication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 4 Dec. 2007
Format:Hardcover
I read this book from cover to cover within 48 hours of receiving it. I had moments of laughing out loud as well as a few quiet tears...this book was an adventure. Terri's passion and enthusiasim leaps from every page, she gives beautiful descriptions of the outback, you feel you're there. This book came across as very honest, pleasant surprises along the way...to me one of the most admirable things about the book is when Terri writes about Steve's death, she describes it from her experience at the news rather than sensationalising it or giving any graphic details...she may prefers jeans, khaki's and boots but Terri Irwin's class and composure is evident in her book. I highly recommend this to other readers no matter what they think about Steve Irwin, I for one think history will be very kind to Steve and his passions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal yet presentable 30 Oct. 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
To be honest I've always wanted to read more about Steve and Terri Irwin and finally the chance arrived with this biography, yet is this book worth your time and money? For me, yes, it's a heartfelt tribute to the Crocodile Hunter with a simple flowing style.

But what might come across as a major flaw to many allowed something else, its demonstrated an honesty that will only go on to enhance the story of one of Australia's Heroes. Allowing the reader the chance to get to know the man behind the myth as told by the only person who could really represent this image to the public and demonstrated how fame was the last thing he sought.

To Steve it was all about the Crocs and as such he used all monies gained through his television work to buy land to help protect endangered species around the world. Hopefully this book will encourage others to join behind not only Steves campaign but others in general to save more of the worlds animals. To sum up this book might best be left to Steve and a comment he probably would have said to Terri had he still been about now "Good on ya Mate," and remember "Crocs rule."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt book that fans of Steve will love 29 Dec. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Like many people, I was saddened to learn of the death of Steve Irwin. I had enjoyed watching his shows, and always thought of him as someone who deserved respect for his conservation work and attempts to educate people about dangerous wildlife.

This books allows a glimpse of the man behind the TV personality, and I felt absorbed by Steve and Terri's adventures. Fans of the crocodile hunter may even recognise some of the incidents described! It all makes for fascinating reading.

The end of the book is of course dreadfully sad, and I even shed a few tears. Terri doesn't shy away from describing the moment she heard of Steve's death, and the contrast with the former happiness is painful to read.

Overall, a great book for fans of Steve, who want a snapshot of his amazing life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight into a wonderful couple. 20 Nov. 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this after reading excerpts in the Readers Digest.

It gives a great insight into a genuine couple and the love and extraordinary life they shared together fighting negative attitudes to save the animals they loved so much. There are some great photos too.

It made me laugh and cry too. Very brave of Terri to write this moving tribute to Steve - true wildlife warriors!

My only (slight) criticism is that it just seems too short and leaves you wanting to hear more of the Irwin's adventures together. However Terri does acknowledge that she had so many tales she could have told but they just had to be reduced to fit them into a publishable sized book! But for me a lot more of those tales would have been welcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lez
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I first caught sight of Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin on the TV I didn't take to him immediately as I thought he was 'acting up' for the cameras - however when I caught bits of the programme I grew to like him, especially as everyone was saying 'what you see is what you get with Steve', I ended up watching every episode I could! When I saw this book I could not wait to get it - and am extremely pleased I saw it advertised on Amazon - I thoroughly enjoyed it - found it hard to put it down! The stories of Steve and his family, how his parents started the animal park, with three small children - and going through the growth of the park with them up to how big Australia Zoo is now and the fun they had as a family, and the difficult times as well - all very well written by Terri. Towards the end of the book she actually says she wrote a lot more which had to be reduced to get the book down to the size it is - I would love a follow up book with more information about how the Zoo increased in size, the staff, what Steve and Terri took on together, how Bob and Lyn came up with the idea in the first place - by the sounds of it there was a lot of information which was removed - so why not another book - sounds like most of the work has already been done! Laughs at times, tears at times - written from the heart and a lot of love shines through. They were very lucky to have found each other - even though the time was cut short so tragically.
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