Friday, July 26, 2013

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 25

Day 25- Favorite Autobiographical/Biographical book
Steve and Me by Terri Irwin

When Terri Raines was twenty-seven years old, she took a vacation that changed her life. Leaving behind her wildlife rescue work in Oregon, Terri traveled to Australia, and there, at a small wildlife park, she met and fell in love with a tall, blond force of nature named Steve Irwin. They were married in less than a year, and Terri eagerly joined in Steve's conservation work. The footage filmed on their crocodile-trapping honeymoon became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter, and together, Steve and Terri began to change the world.
In Steve and Me, Terri recounts the unforgettable adventures they shared -- wrangling venomous snakes, saving deadly crocodiles from poachers, swimming among humpback whales. A uniquely gifted naturalist, Steve was first and foremost a wildlife warrior dedicated to rescuing endangered animals -- especially his beloved crocs -- and educating everyone he could reach about the importance of conservation. In the hit TV shows that continue to be broadcast worldwide, Steve's enthusiasm lives on, bringing little-known and often-feared species to light as he reveals and revels in the wonders of our planet.
With grace, wit, and candor, Terri Irwin portrays her husband as he really was -- a devoted family man, a fervently dedicated environmentalist, a modest bloke who spoke to millions on behalf of those who could not speak for themselves. Steve and Me is a nonstop adventure, a real-life love story, and a fitting tribute to a man adored by all those whose lives he touched, written by the woman who knew and loved him best of all.
I loved The Crocodile Hunter and was really sad when Steve Irwin died. OK, "really sad" is an understatement. I was crushed, you guys. I had a ridiculous love for The Crocodile Hunter- I even paid to see the movie in an actual theater. That's dedication. Her story was very well written and touching. Her stories really told (in the way she talks about Steve) how much she loved him and what a kind man he was. Also, it was good to get to know her a little better since I was always so focused on what Steve was doing rather than Terri. If you were ever a fan of The Crocodile Hunter I would recommend this book.

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