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on December 3, 2008
I got my copy of Steve and Me and once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. This is a fabulous story of how one human being can change millions of lives by sharing and believing. Steve Irwin was making movies and documentaries, but before all of that, he was a husband, a son, a proud father, a friend. To the animals, he was a warrior, fighting for their protection and their rights. He never blamed one for biting or stinging him, he was the one who did something wrong. His love story with Terri is very touching and so inspiring ! You can feel the love they had for each other and their kids. Steve was such a proud daddy! He was a real family man, happy with his tribe around him while shooting documentaries in the bush. This book tells us about how Terri met Steve, her work in the USA, her move to Australia to be with the man she fell in love with at first sight, their work at the zoo and the shooting of the Crocodile Hunter episodes, Steve's love story with crocodiles and every other animals, his projects for the Zoo, his trips around the world, their 2 kids and sadly but true, Steve's death. Terri let us know about a side of Steve we never hear about, how he felt he wouldn't live to be old, how he wanted her to keep going with his work if something ever happened to him, how he didn't like to be in the spotlight. The book also tells about the black period following the death of Steve's mother and the baby bob incident, wich hurted Steve very deeply. What striked me was how simple and caring this guy was, how dedicated he was to helping animals and how much he touched the people around the world. Steve Irwin was a warrior with a heart of gold and he will be forever missed. Thank you Terri for sharing your life with us.
Terri Irwin has written a wonderful love story with this tribute to her late husband. Encompassing her life in Oregon before she met Steve on that fateful day in Australia and their many adventures together afterwards. She has managed to capture the spirit of this Wildlife Warrior perfectly and although not full of personal revelations this is still a well written memoir that I couldn't put down. Including 12 pages of photographs and a glossary of Australian terms, fans of the Crocodile Hunter and Steve in general will be swept away in the adventure and enthusiasm that was his life.
When Terri was 27 years old she took a vacation to Australia. While there she visited a small wildlife park and in a chance of fate met the tall blonde force of nature named Steve Irwin. The two maintained a long distance relationship over the following year but were soon married. In fact their honeymoon escapade became the very first episode of the Crocodile Hunter. At first Terri had a tough time adjusting to life in Australia, it was quite different from what she was used to back in Portland Oregon. The snakes and spiders, the language barrier and the heat. She gives us many great stories of her newlywed years; working at Australia Zoo and their adventures in the bush where Steve was happiest. There's also some background about Terri's life before she met Steve and I was interested to learn that she'd also worked with animals back in the States, in particular a cougar rescue facility. She even had a pet cougar named Malina who she tried for years unsuccessfully to get into Australia. There are a few stories of Steve's childhood, working alongside his father as they perfected the art of capturing and relocating crocodiles. Steve often spent months alone in the bush and his capture of "the black ghost" helped shape him into the man he became.
You will really get a feel for the Crocodile Hunter's spirit and zest for life here but also a continuing feeling of urgency on his part to experience everything and get things done as quickly as possible. Its as if he knew that he wasn't long for this earth. Steve also had a strong sense of family and longed for children to carry on his work after he was gone.
Even though we all know what happened the ending of this book is still absolutely heartbreaking. I would suggest that you have some tissues handy as Terri unknowingly describes in detail the last time she and the children saw Steve and the last words she said to him.
Steve Irwin always felt a need to hurry yet he lived his life full of joy and enthusiasm. We miss you mate but our world is a better place because of your work. I now catch myself rescuing spiders from the bathtub and think of you, thanks.