Judah Touro Didn't Want to be Famous

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Setting out from Boston to New Orleans in 1801, Judah Touro dreamed of becoming a successful shopkeeper. Through his skill in business, he earned a great fortune. But the harrowing experience of being injured on a battlefield during the War of 1812 showed Judah the world through new eyes. Grateful for his riches, he recognized that they could be used to help others. So humble Judah did his great philanthropic deeds, large and small, all in secret.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV016120, JUV033020, JUV039220
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 840
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Reviewed, and eSource


San Diego Jewish World

“True tzedakah was a gift from the heart and needed no recognition.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World

Jewish Journal

“His is a true role model for young readers.” — Lisa Silverman, Jewish Journal

Good Reads with Ronna

“In our world of social media and instant gratification, it was inspirational to read about a real life hero who did great deeds, but chose to avoid fame.” — Ronda Einbinder, Good Reads with Ronna

AJL Newsletter

“As is sometimes the case, a long illness or serious injury can change one’s perspective about life. So it was with Judah Touro.” — Anne Dublin, retired librarian and author, Toronto, AJL Newsletter

Christian Children's Authors

“What I love about this biography picture book is that it’s both educational and inspiring.” — Crystal Bowman, Christian Children’s Authors

Jewish Book Council

“Young Touro’s wild, black curls, the deep red coats on British sol­diers, and iden­ti­fi­able emo­tions on character’s faces work with the text in a seam­less dia­logue.” — Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

Jewish Link NJ

“His story is one of unfettered generosity.” — Adam Samuel, Journalist, Jewish Link NJ, Teaneck, NJ

A Journey To A Promised Land Which Flows With Milk and Honey

“This is not only a Jewish History story that would be interesting to help educate children about but an American History story, also.” — Jill Harris


“Parents and teachers will be pleased to read a true story about a person who devoted his life and fortune to addressing observable problems (poverty, slavery, inequality, access to health care, for example)” — Erica Siskind, Oakland PL, BayViews

Booklist Online

“In the story, he is often described as thinking about God’s plans for him, so this book would be best for a setting where religious ideas are appropriate.” — Miriam Aronin

Kirkus Reviews

“A candid introduction to a little-known figure in Jewish American history.” — Kirkus Reviews

Author: Audrey Ades

Audrey Ades grew up in New England and holds degrees in theater and psychology. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son, and persnickety Pomeranian, Cookie.

Illustrator: Vivien Mildenberger

After graduating from Art Center College of Design, Vivien Mildenberger packed up her pencils and moved to a lovely farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. There she works on her illustrations, pottery, and other general magic-making.