When God Gave Us Words by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is an imaginative origin story. The story is that God wants to give humans words, the angels resist, wanting that ability to be theirs alone. God persists, so the angels distribute words throughout the world and watch what happens.
There is humor to be found in this book; such as, why dictionaries and spelling lists are necessary, how the angels tire of all of our relentless talking while God is still content to listen. The story covers how humans use language in a negative way through ugly words, gossip, and curses. Just as there could be regret, we see songs, lullabies, poetry, jokes, prayers, and stories redeem the hurtful parts.
The illustrations are different yet interesting. This book shows the readers the impact of our words and how stories can compel might extend beyond the pages of this book. While the idea of the book is there it is a tonal issue of how the ideas are presented.
I give this book 3/5 stars
Thank you to Netgalley via Flyaway Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.