Once Upon a Time on Mars

by Johnnie Loefgren

"Ray Bradbury died," she blurted out and then looked out at the room full of five year old faces and sighed. One child stopped coloring for a moment and stared. Caleb held up his creation, saying, "spaceship." Ms. Youngblood took heart; peering over Caleb's shoulder she saw a night sky speckled with planets and stars. "Would you like to tell me all about your picture?" she said, taking out a pencil and paper. She looked at a photo of Ray Bradbury and smiled as Caleb began, "Once upon a time on Mars..."


Johnnie Loefgren is a commercial artist who lives and works in Florida. She's been a fan of Ray Bradbury for many years.