Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s newest BeForever character, is a brave and determined girl growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1941 just as Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and America enters World War Two. Her efforts to help and heal her friends and neighbors during wartime are all driven by her spirit of aloha: the understanding that everyone is connected and that joy and pain are shared. The 18” Nanea doll has big hazel eyes and wavy dark-brown hair. She arrives in a button-front pake blouse with an island graphic, sailor-style moku shorts, underwear, and shoes with crisscross straps. Also included are a faux-hibiscus flower hair clip and a paperback of Growing Up with Aloha by Kirby Larson.
What Makes it Hot Diggity Great:
American Girl never disappoints in delivering high quality, and impeccably crafted dolls. The Nanea doll represents the Hawaiian culture beautifully paying attention to the tiniest details. The accompanying book is well written and teaches young readers about a painful event in history in a caring and sensitive manner. This book is a good read for parents, prompting meaningful family discussions.
Elementary and up