Domee Shi

Description & Details

In Bao, an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom comes to the bittersweet realization that nothing stays cute and small forever. This beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book retells the short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi, which explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the rich, colorful lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.

About the Author: 

Domee Shi is a Chinese Canadian animator, director and screenwriter. Since 2011, she has worked for Pixar, contributing as a storyboard artist for multiple films, including Inside Out (2015), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019). Shi directed the 2018 short film Bao and the 2022 feature film Turning Red, becoming the first woman to direct a short film and then the first woman with sole director's credit on a feature film for Pixar. Bao won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.


  • Ages: 2-5 years
  • Pages: 24 pages