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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TOTTIE AND DOT and Marshmallow Tea


  1. I’m a huge T2 fan too – I miss it very much!!

    I so agree with your comments about the underlying message being so important today in particular.

  2. That tea sounds delicious! Isn’t it a fabulous book? We adore it and were lucky enough to go to Tania’s book launch yesterday. The kids had a wonderful time and Emily is in love with Dot and now wants pink hair too!

  3. Oh Jackie these photos are beautiful of you and Cammy! Will have a look for this book when we visit our book store this week (hoping to find Aunty Hannah’s new book!). And we’ll have to give that marshmallow milk a try!! Yum!!

  4. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Will have to start brewing some marshmallow tea in anticipation….

  5. Gorgeous pics! And that marshmallow tea sounds right up my kids alley! They are fond of tea as well. Sounds like a really lovely book and I’ll be keeping a lookout for it.

  6. That looks like a gorgeous book! I love the illustrations!

  7. What a sweet sounding book…and reading in the garden and drinking marshmallow tea is so much fun…now if only my kids were a little younger!!

  8. Look at you two cutie pies! Marshmallow tea sounds scrumptious :)

  9. Love hearing more about Aussie writers.

  10. Marshmallow tea…what a yummy idea Jackie! And what a sweet book, will need to keep an eye out for that one as I like the sound of the themes. Absolutely gorgeous photo of you and Cam by the way x

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