Once upon a time there was a father with three sons who had reached the age when they must go out into the world to earn their own living.
Years and years ago at the very beginning of time, when the world had just been made, there was no night.
Once upon a time there was a little princess who lived in a magnificent royal palace.
Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, the rabbit had a long tail, but the cat had none. She looked with envious eyes at the one which the rabbit had.
In Brazil the beetles have such beautifully coloured, hard-shelled coats upon their backs that they are often set in pins and necklaces like precious stones.
Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, the toad had a smooth skin. In those days he was a great gad about.
Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, so long ago that the tiger had no stripes upon his back and the rabbit still had his tail, there was a tiger who had a farm.
Once upon a time there was a little lamb frisking gaily about the pasture. The bright sunshine and the soft breezes made him very happy.