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Appreciating literature Name Nonfiction: A Biography A biography is the history of a person’s life. You have probably read biographies of presidents...

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Nonfiction: A Biography A biography is the history of a person’s life. You have probably read biographies of presidents or famous people in history. The following biography is about one of the most popular zookeepers of our time.

Steve Irwin Have you ever seen Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, on TV? Steve is a reptile specialist and zoo director in Queensland, Australia. Steve’s parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, owned a reptile park. Steve grew up learning about and handling reptiles, as well as many other kinds of animals. When Steve was six years old, his father gave him a snake called a scrub python. Steve named it Fred. Steve’s dad taught him all about the wildlife of Australia and took him on field trips to study about it. Steve often begged to go on these field trips rather than going to school. He caught his first crocodile when he was only nine years old. Now Steve runs the Australia Zoo. He is a herpetologist. That means he is a reptile expert. His mission in life is to educate people about animals, teaching them to treat even dangerous animals with respect. Steve never hurts animals. In fact, he has rescued many animals that were in danger, especially crocodiles. Steve is an expert snake handler. He holds them by the tail and lets them go safely. He always warns others, though, that picking up a snake is very dangerous. Sometimes even Steve has been bitten! Steve married an American who was visiting his zoo. Her name is Terri. Now Terri helps Steve handle the animals, and she often narrates the TV show. Steve and Terri have one daughter. Her name is Bindi.

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Look at the bolded words in the story. Find each word in the puzzle and circle it. The words may go up, down, forward, backward, or diagonally.

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List two facts about Steve Irwin. 1.

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__________________________________________________________________________ Find the biography section in the library. Check out a biography about someone who had a career that interests you.

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