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Steve Irwin

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I was a big Steve Irwin fan during his early tv years so I was excited to see this addition to the Little People Big Dreams series. While his name is perhaps less familiar to modern children, his legacy is strong and the messaging is effective.

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Steve Irwin was a unique individual and this children’s book does a great job of capturing his exuberance for wildlife in a short and colorful format. Would highly recommend it for all kids.

Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the e-arc I received. I also checked out the physical book from my library.

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What a fun book to celebrate one of Australia's most committed to conservation and protecting Australia's wildlife, even after his death. It's a legacy to Steve's life and how he has done so much for Crocs and other species of animals across Australia and the world.

The illustrations are fun, and the crocodiles are cute and it is a good way to introduce children to understanding conservation and the legacy of Steve Irwin.

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Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this was such a cute biography of Steve Irwin. He was so important towards conservation and wildlife animals. I like learning little bit of who he was and his impact.

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I enjoyed reading this book. Steve Irwin was a wonderful person and this book helps the younger generation learn about all that he has done. I was happy to read it to my children and teach them about this wonderful man. I love that his family still continues his legacy.

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The famous Steve Irwin was born in an animal loving family, and since youth learned to live with them. He continued his passion for crocodiles and filmed TV shows to teach people to care for animals. He taught that animals need to be protected, not hunted. And even though he passed on already, his spirit lives in his family and fans that continue his works.

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A fun biography style story for young children. Great for the classroom when introducing nonfiction. Enjoyable for any animal lover.

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‘Steve Irwin’ by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Sonny Ross is a kid-sized biography in the Little People Big Dreams series.

Steve Irwin’s love of wildlife started as a child in Australia at his parents’ wildlife refuge. Steve learned to care for the sick and injured animals and grew up wanting to protect crocodiles. He shared his love of animals on his own tv show and became a celebrated conservationist.

This is a great story for young readers and a poignant one for older readers. The illustrations are colorful and lively.

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Steve Irwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is a wonderful little book about a much loved man from Australia who loved animals and spent his childhood amongst Australia’s wildlife. As a young boy, his parents started a wildlife refuge and Steve and his sisters helped care for many injured animals. When he was nine, Steve captured his first crocodile, in order to take it to a national park so it could have a safe, happy life. He fell in love with protecting crocodiles and as an adult became known as the crocodile hunter! Steve shared his love of wildlife and his passion for protecting it through television programmes, and soon rose to international fame. Steve used his celebrity status to educate the world on the importance of conservation. He and his wife, Terri, created nature reservations, grew their wildlife refuge, started a charity and raised their two children to love wildlife as much as they did.

Steve became one of the most celebrated conservationists in Australia and across the world. Today, Steve’s family continue his incredible work through Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, the conservation charity founded by Steve and his wife Terri in 2002. Steve’s legacy continues to inspire young animal lovers and eco warriors everywhere, helping a new generation to protect the natural world and all the creatures who inhabit it.

WoW! Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara books must be one of the best little books to purchase for children, these are the best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

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Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this book. I don't feel it gave a true or thorough view on how Steve Irwin died. Granted, that is not all he was, but it was a big part of his legacy and should be part of his biography.

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Steve Irwin is a great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. The illustrations by Sonny Ross bring Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara's words to life.
Each of the biographies always starts by introducing the reader to the child. Young Steve loved animals and he caught his first crocodile when he was 9 and thus began his campaign to save the crocodiles and he was awarded the nickname - The Crocodile Hunter. It was this moniker that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Steve's foray into television captured his fun, zany personality and he was incredibly popular all around the world Unfortunately, Steve died in a freak accident but his legacy was left with his family, and they now run a charity dedicated to protecting animals.

Irwin's life story is also captured in the timeline at the back of the book should older readers wish to learn a little bit more about The Crocodile Hunter.

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Another fantastic Little People, Big Dreams book about the conservationist Steve Irwin. I really wanted to read this one because having not watched his stuff as a child, I used to (and to be honest still did) quite often get Steve Irwin and Steve Backshall confused (definitely didn't help they're both called Steve) and that bothered me. So I really wanted to learn a bit more about Irwin and all the good he's done and I thought this book would be a good way to start that.
As always, I thought the way the information was presented in this was great. It of course started with his childhood and how his parents instilled his love of animals and helping them which I thought was lovely, and showed lots of the great things he did for animals throughout his life.
The illustrations were great and I love the fact that the series doesn't have all the same illustrator yet each one is always amazingly done. The full page immersive pictures have so much detail but aren't too busy for children, just a nice full scene. I definitely recommend this whole series and this one was fantastic too. I think it will definitely persuade children to care more about animals which is always a good thing.

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Super cute! We love this series and this one definitely met expectations. It really focused on his love of animals. I wish it had talked more about his family but it’s a quick book for little ones.

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This was a typical Little People Big World book. But is was very well done. I just wish they would mention that Steve died and that his family and others all over the world still do what he did for the protection of animals everywhere.

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A delightful walk through Steve Irwin’s fascinating life. It’s lovely that this book explores his childhood and delves into where his fascination with wildlife came from. It’s beautifully and colourfully illustrated too. Steve’s death is mentioned briefly at the end (not in the main story) and described as a tragic accident. It’s suitable for younger readers and really focuses on his love for animals and his legacy rather than his untimely death. A lovely book.

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Absolutely love all the books in this series. Very educational and insightful especially for the young ones. Can't wait too see the other books.

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“He was nine when he tried to catch a crocodile by jumping on its back for the first time.”

Typical Aussie boy trick – not! Steve Irwin became a household name around the world. He came by his love for animals honestly.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“His mother was a nurse who dreamed of raising kangaroos, and his father was a plumber with a passion for reptiles.”

His parents moved the family to Queensland and opened Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park when Steve was eight. Steve used to pick up wounded animals on his way to school and then look after them at home. They protected snakes and crocodiles too. He’d go out with his father to find some that needed saving and relocating.

When he was older, he went out into the bush to save crocodiles on his own.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“He was so good at rescuing the most dangerous animals that he soon became Australia’s top 'croc catcher.'”

Later, when he was managing the park and demonstrating working with crocodiles for tourists, he spotted his future wife, Terri – love at first sight!

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“Their honeymoon was one of a kind! They spent it rescuing and relocating crocodiles and filming a wildlife documentary called 'The Crocodile Hunter.' The show was so successful that they decided to turn it into a television series.”

I remember watching the first documentary and commenting that it would have been nice to hear an Aussie narrate. But I said it was smart for Terri to do it because, as well as being part of the family, she has a pleasant American accent that would be easy for Americans to understand.

I grew up in the States and know how many Americans have trouble with their own regional accents, let alone those from another country. Closed captions mean I can now enjoy many shows from Ireland and the UK that I would struggle with. But I digress.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“When the first episode aired … crikey!
It became a hit, not just in Australia but all over the world.”

“Crikey!” became a hit, too, and is often the first thing someone says when Steve’s name is mentioned.

He encourage a love of all animals, even those that terrify us, and he and Terri decided to grow their park into Australia Zoo, a place to protect and introduce all kinds of animals to the public.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“He turned it into one of the best zoos in the world—not just for the visitors but for the animals. And while the zoo expanded … so did the Irwin family!”

They began buying more land for conservation and founded Wildlife Warriors, a charity to protect the natural environment and the habitat of endangered animals around the world.

He has left a legacy possibly better than he could have dreamed of, although he dreamed pretty big. He is as big a household name today as he was when he died in 2006. I’m a fan of his work and am glad to see his name added to this collection of children’s biographies.

As always, there is a bit more detail at the end with four black and white photos, a couple of which I’ll share here.
My Goodreads review includes an illustration with two photos.

I can’t help adding a glimpse of Australia Zoo as it is today.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with a quote from the Zoo's website:
“Conservation Shows: Crikey! Get up close and personal to our amazing animals and experience all the wildlife action at our daily shows.”

Cute introduction to The Crocodile Hunter. Thanks to #NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Book for the copy for review of #SteveIrwin. [I trust they will correct the dates under the photos in my copy. 😊]

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Another staple within the Little People, Big Dreams series, this was wonderful to read. I grew up loving Steve Irwin, but I never knew much about him as a person before reading this book. The illustrations are just as adorable as I've come to expect with these books, and the tale of Steve Irwin's background was like a warm walk through the outback.

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Thank you to the author, Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is another in the well-known "Little People, Big Dreams" series and as always it highlights an interesting person who made a special contribution to society. Steve Irwin certainly fits the bill as one of the most celebrated conservationists in the world, who used his celebrity to great effect. As always the illustrations are wonderful, and this is a good stepping stone to talk to young children about the need to take care of our natural world and its creatures.

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This book is amazing! Growing up Steve Irwin was my idol, so naturally I was intrigued by this book and it exceeded my expectations. I loved the level of detail included and all the images were so cute! I absolutely recommend this book and will be purchasing it for my collection!

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