"This warm, celebratory book adds a human element to the Israelites time in the desert, and along with the others in Jules and Uglianos Bible series (Abrahams Search for God, 2007; Sarah Laughs, 2008; and Benjamin and the Silver Goblet, 2009) provides a good entry point to talk about drawing stories and messages from Bible passages." -- Booklist, November 15, 2010.
"Deeply colored pastel-and-acrylic double-page paintings effectively portray a legendary biblical setting in a guileless and unsophisticated style; the deep ochres and blues of the desert landscape provide a warm backdrop that takes the edge off the misery of the Israelites. They effectively match the original and simple dialogue-driven text."-- Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2010.
"A Bible legend comes to life in Jacqueline Jules's lovely tale of Miriam, sister of Moses and wise woman of her people. . . . Jules retells this legend . . . in poetic and evocative language. Young children will be eager to join in the refrain." -- AJL Newsletter, September/October 2010.
"Ugliano's palette of blues, oranges, and greens exudes maternal warmth, and the compositions' curvilinear lilt is fitting for a character with such strong associations to music making and dancing." -- Publishers Weekly, September 6, 2010.
"Author Jacqueline Jules tells the story in prose, but it is lyrical and rhythmic prose. Artist Natascia Ugliano has produced illustrations that complement the text perfectly. The pictures convey a sense of movement well-suited to the story of the Israelites' journey, and they are rendered in a palette of warm earth tones combined with intense blues and greens. Story and illustrations combine to make this book a little feast for the senses, a little bite of manna from heaven." -- About.com Grandparents.
"In Miriam in the Desert, poet, teacher and children’s book author Jacqueline Jules (The Hardest Word, a wonderful Yom Kippur story, is just one of her many outstanding books) reimagines the prophet’s story with the lyricism and timelessness of an ancient midrash." -- Jewish Woman Magazine, 2010.
"This simple story is perfect for young children learning both their basic Bible stories, and a little about the personality of God. The pictures do a wonderful job of conveying both the frustrations and the hope of the Israelites. We give it a 5 out of 5." -- Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian blog, January 8, 2011.
"Miriam in the Desert is a superb weaving of legend and Talmud creating access for any age reader into the journey that took the Jews across the desert. . . . Jules' marvelous visual text and a rhyming song are perfectly complemented by Ugliano's engaging illustrations." -- Jewish Book World, Winter 2010.