"A perfect collaboration between a gifted artist and a gifted writer...the total effect is superb. With every page, this exquisitely tender book will open up surprising and wondrous places in your mind and heart." -Toi Derricotte, Poet
"We don't chase rainbows to actually find a pot of gold at the end...the gold is in the chasing. Joanne Gabbin has given us another reason to dream on...to hope...to be glad for the thing of it...which is our true reward. What a treasure she offers."
"Joanne Gabbin has written a lovely and appealing children's book containing a positive impression of a mother-child relationship and the passing on of fond memories from one generation to another. The beautifully illustrated poem discusses the importance of sharing and demonstrates adoption as a wonderful means of preserving life and parental love." -Naomi Long Madgett, Poet
"I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum renders, with utter naturalness and confidence, one child's embrace of her own secure place in a world described by love. Joanne Gabbin is not a "children's book author," so she has not set out to make a book for children; rather, she has captured the poetry we call mother's love and has given us a story for the mother and child throbbing, always, within each one of us. This story's sweetness comes with no added sugar."
"I wish I had had this book for inspiration when I was struggling with the most awesome question that adoptive mothers face. 'Did I grow in your stomach?' Its depiction of love and intimacy will help adoptive parents meet this challenge through beautifully crafted words and pictures." -Carolyn Micklem, Director, Cave Canem
"This story is as sweet as morning dew to be read whether in Kalamazoo or Timbuktu. This story is magical for our children and for you and you and you." -Sonia Sanchez, Poet