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TOTTIE AND DOT and Marshmallow Tea

Tottie and Dot. Review by My Little Bookcase

This book had Cammy and I at ‘marshmallow tea’!  You see, we are both tea lovers. A stopover at T2 is an essential part of our shopping routine. We can’t walk past without trialling their latest tea concoctions. More on marshmallow tea later though.

Tottie and Dot is a visual and literary feast. It is filled with incredibly cute illustrations in rich, pretty colours and the sweetest of nouns (marshmallow tea, apricot sandwiches, gumballs, strawberries and a lemon drop tree). This book was a delight to read for a mother and daughter who love all things lace and floral, tea and cake, dresses and parties.

There is a very meaningful undertone to this book though, and I think the issues presented in the story are becoming more prevalent for young people today. Following friends, keeping up with latest trends and trying to exceed peers are the issues that Tottie and Dot face. Their attempts to outshine one another lead to some crazy scenes that simply aren’t maintainable; and they eventually realise that being yourself and doing what makes you happy are of greatest importance.

Book Details:

Author: Tania McCartney

Illustrator:Tina Sterling

ISBN: 9781921966491

Publisher: EK Books (Exisle Publishing), September 2015

Available to purchase from The Kids’ Bookshop

To find out more about the book, follow Tottie and Dot’s Blog Blast.

Make your own Marshmallow Tea

Marshmallow Tea Recipe by My Little Bookcase

Just two pages into the book when Cammy was asking how to make marshmallow tea, I just knew we’d have to trial a marshmallow tea recipe. After reading Tottie and Dot we took a trip to our local T2 store. We smelled and tasted a range of teas and eventually chose Sweet Spice for our marshmallow tea experiment.

T2 Sweet Spice Tea


You will need:

  • Tea leaves or fruit tisane of your choice (We used T2’s Sweet Spice but their Vanilla Slice, Strawberries and Cream, Just Rose or Jungle Chai teas would also be delicious with some marshmallow milk)
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 marshmallows

How to make marshmallow tea:

1. Combine 2 heaped tablespoons of tea with 2 cups of boiling water, and let steep for a few minutes.

2. While tea is steeping, make marshmallow milk: Over low heat, melt 6 marshmallows in ½ cup of milk. Ensure the milk doesn’t boil.

3. Strain tea into a tea cup and top with marshmallow milk.

4. Stir and enjoy.

My Little Bookcase reads Tottie and Dot with Marshmallow Tea

We made the tea together then sat out in the sunshine to re-read Tottie and Dot. We sipped and read, giggled and cuddled, and enjoyed basking in the sun. You’ve got to love a book that offers you this type of experience.

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Kid-made Gift Idea: Personalised Pen Holder

Kid-made, practical and structurally sound! One year on, these pen holders are still in mint condition and are used on a daily basis; which means they tick all the boxes for an ideal Father’s Day gift.

Personalised Paddle-Pop Stick Pen Holders. Perfect gifts that can be handmade by kids. My Little Bookcase

These paddle-pop stick pen holders are ideal as gifts for dads who work at a desk,  but they’d also look right at home at the kids’ writing station too.

How to make a Paddle-Pop Stick Pen Holder

You will need:

  • An empty, clean can (We used a 400g tomato tin to make a large pen holder and baby apple puree tins for mini pen holders)
  • Strong adhesive (We used Mod Podge)
  • Paddle-pop sticks
  • Textas, glitter glue, sequins, stickers etc.

Simple instructions:

1. Prepare your materials.

Kid Made Pen Holders by My Little Bookcase

2. Liberally apply glue to the can and attach each paddle-pop stick vertically, one at a time (Hold each paddle pop stick in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next paddle-pop stick).

Kid-Made Paddle Pop Stick Pen Holder_ My Little Bookcase3. Repeat until the can is completely covered in paddle-pop sticks.

4. Leave to dry

5. Once the glue is dry and the paddle pop sticks are secure, you can start decorating. There are many opportunities for creativity here. Cammy used glitter glue and sequins to add colour to her pen holders then used foam letter stickers to personalise the pen holders for Daddy and her two Pas.

6. Fill your pen holder with a selection of stationery items (pens, scissors).

7. Add a simple ribbon to the pen holder before giving to a loved one or wrap it with a DAD THEMED PICTURE BOOK to create the perfect gift.

More Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

Kid-Made Father's Day Art_ My Little Bookcase Father's Day Cookie Mix

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