We are HUGE American Girl fans. Every single time we go to the Mall of America Peyton has to stop in and see what is new. And then we end up spending an hour or so playing with all the displays. In August, American Girl released a new girl, Nanea Mitchell, for the Be Forever line of dolls. Peyton instantly fell in love with her.
Nanea Mitchell represents the 1940s, specifically 1941, and Hawaii’s role in World War II. Through her story, your daughter will learn what life was like for islanders in the weeks leading up to and the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the U.S.’s entry into World War Two. Nanea will help children learn about a significant period in our history through her story. Children will see how the courage, patriotism, and aloha spirit of the Hawaiian people inspired a nation at war and how one girl can make a meaningful difference in the face of big change.
The detail and time American Girl put into Nanea is extraordinary. They really took the time to get it right from the pin Nanea is wearing to the money being stamped with Hawaii on it. When we visited the story and sat with our personal shopper, Mary, she pointed out all the details. I’ve been to Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, I’ve read books but even I learned things about the period that I had never known before that day.
I’m really excited about Nanea being available for our children. Through the books and stories, children today will be able to learn about Pearl Harbor in a way they can relate to, from the viewpoint of a young girl. A young girl who is just like you and I but during a volatile time in our history.
There are several books available to tell Nanea’s story plus several outfits that capture the time period and her life. Currently, 3 titles are available, Growing Up with Aloha: A Nanea Classic 1, Hula for the Home Front: A Nanea Classic 2 and Prints in the Sand: My Journey with Nanea or you can buy them in a set.
Nanea has several outfits available as well including pajamas, her school outfit, a hula outfit, holoku dress, her swimsuit and more. She even has a dog named Mele! Plus, there are several accessories and furniture pieces to help your child bring Nanea’s world to life.
All of Nanea Mitchell’s items can be found in store at American Girl or online.