Ellie Rae Discovers Eight Ways to be SMART is a rhyming children’s book that introduces young children and adults to Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI). Gardner contends intelligence is not merely a single function, rather multiple and expandable. Gardner's research has been embraced by the global education community and many schools are showing tremendous student success using teaching/learning strategies based on his theory. In this early childhood story, Ellie Rae observes her friends at play and discovers something very special about each one. This is the first of a series of children’s books that fortifies the sense of self in children by helping them understand their strengths, value the strengths of others, and learn how to work together to grow and learn.