Long years ago there lived a little boy whose name was Manoel. His father and mother were so very poor that they could not afford to send him to school.
Once long ago there lived a king who had a stupid son. His father sent him to school for many years hoping that he might learn something there.
Once upon a time there was a man and his wife who were very poor. The man earned his living making wooden bowls and platters to sell and worked early and late,
Long ago there was a man and woman who lived in a little mud hut under the palm trees on the river bank. They had so many children they did not know what to do.
Once upon a time a prince called D. Joaõ went hunting with a number of companions. In the deep forest he became separated from his comrades and soon found out that he was lost.
Once upon a time there was a man who took his wife and tiny baby son into the deep forest to make their home. With his own hands he built the house out of mud,
Once upon a time there was a little girl who was very beautiful. Her eyes were like the eyes of the gazelle; her hair hid in its soft waves the deep shadows of the night;
Long ago there was a king who was very ill. He wanted a hare killed to make him some broth. His only son, the prince, set out to find one.