Steve Irwin did not have a typical childhood. He was raised on the wildlife park his parents owned. He cared for the animals and especially loved reptiles; he even got a python for his sixth birthday! He became a crocodile trapper after graduating high school, catching the creatures before dangerous poachers could. Later he became the famous TV host of The Crocodile Hunter. Tragically, Steve was killed on September 4, 2006, when a stingray attacked, piercing his heart. He was 44 years old. However, his life's work still strikes a chord with kids who voted him the winner of the 100th Who Was…? title.
With straightforward language and illustrations on nearly every page, the Who Was…? series invites kids to explore history by learning about key figures from politics, sports, music, literature, and more. Each book tells the story of a person's life, introduces his or her major accomplishments, and discusses the historic events that shaped his or her world. The books also include timelines, a bibliography, and suggestions for further research.