American Girl BeForever Nanea Doll with Book Review (American Girl)

American Girl BeForever Nanea Doll with Book
What It Is

The American Girl Beforever Nanea Mitchell with Book set is part of the Amrican Girl Beforever doll line, which introduces young kids not only to fictional characters from the past but important pieces of American history and culture in the process. 

The Nanea Mitchell with Book set includes one 18-inch tall American Girl doll and a beginner chapter book. Nanea Mitchell is a young Hawaiian girl growing up on the island of Oahu in the 1940s. Her story delves into the tale of Pearl Harbor and what life was like for the Hawaiian people in its aftermath. The doll comes with the first book in the currently three-book series for the character: Growing up with Aloha. This 18-inch tall character doll brings Nanea to life for kids. Nanea features long dark hair accented by a faux-hibiscus flower hair clip. Her outfit taps into her background and love of her family's heritage, as well as the fashions of the 1940s in Hawaii. She wears a front button pake blouse with Hawaiian print paired with sailor-style shorts (afterall, her father did work on the Pearl Harbor naval base). The shorts also feature buttons and a plastic American Girl logo sewn on the left bottom hem. Her outfit is completed with a pair of slip-on crisscross faux leather sandals. Her soft body is perfect for hugging while her vinyl limbs and arms can be easily posed. She also features sleepy brown eyes that close when laid flat. 

In package, kids can get a preview of the doll through its front panel window. In package, Nanea's hair is netted back to preserve its smooth look, and the flower hair clip is attached to the side of the packaging. 

Is It Fun?

This is a beautiful doll for play, but it's the add-on accessories such as the Hula Outfit, sold separately, that help to create new opportunities for storytelling and recreating moments from the books. For American Girl collectors, this will, of course, be one worthy of display and we especially like the attention to detail in her look as well as the history and learning embedded in her storyline. For those familiar with her near-contemporary (and one of the first American Girl Historical characters) Molly McIntire, it also gives readers and American Girl lovers a different perspective on life around World War II in a different part of the country.

Who It’s For

The American Girl Beforever Nanea Mitchell with Book set is age-graded for ages 8 and up. This we attribute more to the reading level of the stories. The doll, however, we think it will likely still appeal to younger kids and for gift-givers looking to gift a child's first collectible doll. Parents will also appreciate the historical value of this doll.

What To Be Aware Of

 American Girl dolls are available exclusively through the American Girl's catalogue, at, and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide. 

There is an optional brush that can be added to the purchase of this doll. It's an additional $8.

Additional accessories, such as the Hula Outfit, and books are sold separately.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy