May encourage a child who is frightened of spiders to look more favourably upon these fascinating creatures. The book also reflects the ageing process, and may strike a chord with a child who has lost an elderly relative. Additionally, it has underlying themes of tolerance and acceptance.
Fear of mice, spiders and other animals is a common childhood phobia. Books which either show animals and insects in a positive light, or which tackle the fears and phobias that some children experience when coming face to face with certain animals and insects.