*** About the Book ***
show by the same name, was a larger-than-life wildlife warrior. His tragic death from a stingray barb to the chest in 2006 shocked the world. In this book Steve's wife and partner-in-conservation, Terri, shares the story of their life together and their dreams for the future.
I've added a video from an episode of The Crocodile Hunter at the bottom of this post in case you want to check it out.
*** Why I Read It ***
Hubby and I always enjoyed watching The Crocodile Hunter together. Kiddo was a bit young to understand everything but he'd usually watch with us as well. We continually joked about how over-the-top Steve Irwin, was but underneath the humor we both admired him very much. When Hubby called me to say that Steve had died, I felt physically sick. I'd never been impacted by a celebrity death in that way; I was devastated that the world had lost such an amazing spokesperson for wildlife and heartbroken for his family who I'd come to know and love through his show. When I heard about this book I immediately ordered a copy from PaperbackSwap. It arrived over a year ago and I haven't picked it up until now. Hubby started reading it the day it arrived and he loved it, but I worried it would be too sad so I kept avoiding it. Then I saw Alyce's review and I knew I couldn't wait any longer.
*** My Thoughts ***
I have no idea why I put off reading this book. I should have picked it up the day it came through my door. It was such a pleasure to revisit the crazy passion of Steve's world, and it was an unexpected treat to see the incredible relationship he and Terri had.
Many of the events and stories in the book were familiar to me because my family watched The Crocodile Hunter regularly. Throughout the book Terri quotes Steve, and I could actually "hear" his distinctive voice sharing about a particular animal, often from an episode of the show I clearly remembered.
Despite my familiarity with the show there was still a great deal of new-to-me info in the book. I was amazed by Steve's connection to the wild places of the world. Of course I knew about this already but the details were fascinating to read. The book also touches on the plans Steve had to save whales in the Antarctic with the Sea Sheppard crew. That was interesting as I'm a huge fan of the show Whale Wars.
I didn't realize what a powerful yet unexplained connection Steve and Terri had from the very beginning of their relationship. It seems that they were truly meant to be together. The humor and playfulness between them (especially regarding their plan to conceive a boy) was a joy to read.
I picked this book up on Sunday night intending to read only the introduction. It was around 1am when I finally put it down, and that was only because the next day was Kiddo's first day of school and I didn't want to risk oversleeping due to a book hangover. The next day I read during my lunch break and again as soon as I got home, while Kiddo was at hockey practice. I finished the book Monday evening around 1am. I'm exhausted now but thrilled to have spent the past few days in Steve's world. This is a book that will stay on my shelf to be read again, both by Hubby and by me.
*** Your Thoughts ***
Were you a fan of The Crocodile Hunter show? What are your thoughts on Steve and his mission to protect wildlife? Is this a book you'd like to read?