The World of Letters

A Tale of Jealousy

Christian - Fiction
58 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2017
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Author Biography

C. C. Strachan has been a Christian for fifteen years and is married to an evangelist. She is currently studying Christian apologetics at Biola University and is a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. She and her husband founded Power of Worship Radio, a 24-7 gospel radio program available online.

Strachan is the author of Jesus Saves the Day, Hip, Hip Hooray! and Is God My Imaginary Friend? Is God Real?,which was a finalist at the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Strachan lives with her husband, Anton, and their six-year-old son in Brooklyn, New York. They are expecting a baby girl soon!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

The World of Letters (A Tale of Jealousy) by C.C. Strachan is a Christian fiction novel. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of children, young adults, and parents who enjoy stories that teach life lessons. This book takes place in a virtual world known as AbbaLand where the twenty-six letters of the alphabet live together. However not all is well in AbbaLand as jealousy grows in the heart of A as I has become the most popular letter due to invention of the apple devices that all begin with the letter I. A wishes to become the most used letter in the alphabet instead of the third most used letter; his dream becomes jealousy and he despises I for his humble nature. A hatches a plot with E to get rid of I so that A can take I’s place. However, along the way the two letters begin to learn and understand the importance of each letter, the value of friendships, and the importance of humility.

I have to say that I have never read a book like The World of Letters (A Tale of Jealousy) by C.C. Strachan before. This book was very unique in the way C.C. Strachan made the letters of the alphabet into real characters with their very own world. The language was well chosen for the targeted audience and the author did a good job in avoiding words that are difficult to pronounce or sound out. The personality of each letter was clearly and carefully constructed, each having their own wants, likes, and dislikes. As an elementary school counselor, I feel this would be a great book for the children at my school because it teaches important life lessons while also having an entertaining and engaging story.

Rosie Malezer

The World of Letters: A Tale of Jealousy is a cleverly-written fable about the alphabet, written by C.C. Strachan and illustrated by Milena Vitorovic. In the world of AbbaLand, a virtual world, ruled by Abba, is filled with English letters and words. Dictionary Land, Computer Land and Gospel Land were regular places to socialize. One Sunday at Gospel Land, the letters argued about which was most important; X and Z are deemed unimportant as they were rarely used. A and E felt jealous of I, as it was now the most widely-used letter, with the age of technology arriving, and it now being used in front of many words, such as iPhone, iPad, or even iRobot. After secretly sneaking into Computer Land and deleting I, A and E felt jubilant, now being more important than other letters, but it threw AbbaLand into chaos, as words no longer made sense. Not even the word DICTIONARY existed any more. A and E suddenly felt remorse, and rescued I from Recycle Bin Land, but were rewarded in meeting Abba face-to-face and earning his forgiveness and love.

One of the most engaging educational books for children I have read in quite some time, The World of Letters: A Tale of Jealousy was well-written. Not only did C.C. Strachan show how equally important each letter of the alphabet was, but created such a well-rounded tale of enchantment that was so beautifully brought to life on each page, with magical illustrations. Tinged with a gospel theme, many important lessons are brought to light regarding jealousy, envy, greed and the importance of equality. Forcing yourself into a position, simply to satisfy your need to feel self-important, is dangerous to all, and throws off the balance of things, as one greedy act can hurt everything and everyone in its path. At the same time, it teaches the simplest facts about the English alphabet which are little-known. I was absolutely delighted with the imagination and thought that went into this well-written tome, even giggling at the clever mention of Z being essential for all who sleep (Zzzzz...), and wholeheartedly recommend The World of Letters: A Tale of Jealousy to young readers aged 7-12, due to the many lessons it gives in equality and being respectful towards others, regardless of how different they might seem.

Danita Dyess

There are 26 letters in the alphabet. But have you ever wondered why? C.C. Strachan, author of The World of Letters: A Tale of Jealousy, tells a tale that ponders that question. One Sunday, the alphabet letters who dwell in AbbaLand go to Gospel Land. The letter A explained that there is no I in TEAM. The letter T promptly replied that there is no A in TOGETHER. Despite their different roles in the alphabet, the letters were perfectly made with computers in their bellies and retractable arms by ABBA, their creator that no one had ever seen. Unbelievers doubted ABBA's existence. Soon their differences led to arguments and a terrible tragedy strikes. The letters can't form the words they used to spell. Who can save them?

I loved The World of Letters. C.C. Strachan's extraordinary imagination let me escape into another world while pondering a real-life problem. Her deep Christian faith was evident. This work of fiction not only kindled my spirit but honed my grammar usage. The inclusion of computer terms was cool and the dialogue infused with slang made the story believable and interesting. With only 58 pages, it emphasized the importance of teamwork and reiterated the beauty of individuality. The illustrations by Milena Vitorovic had personality and swagger that notably contributed to the story. This children's story is worthy of critical acclaim. The World of Letters is highly recommended.