Have you ever gone to the beach to build a sand castle? Castles aren't the only thing that you can build with sand. Look at the giant face that this man has built in the sand.
Sand sculptures aren't like sculptures that are made out of stone. Stone sculptures will last for a long time, but sand sculptures get washed away by the ocean and the wind.
Sometimes it is sad to think that these pretty pieces of art can't last forever, but that is also a good thing. Because old sand sculptures are always being washed away, artists have to keep making new ones. You can never get bored of sand sculptures because there are always new and different ones to look at! (by Marc Langer, Taipei Times)
1. castle n.
城堡 (cheng2 bao3)
例：A long time ago people used to build castles to protect their cities.
2. sculpture n.
雕像 (diao1 xiang4)
例：Artists make sculptures out of both wood and stone.
3. forever adv.
永遠 (yong3 yuan3)
例：Mike talks a lot. Sometimes it seems like he can talk forever.
1. Stone sculptures ...
a. get washed away by the wind.
b. get washed away by the ocean.
c. last longer than sand sculptures.
d. don't last as long as sand sculptures.
2. Why do artists have to make more sand sculptures?
a. People get bored of the old ones.
b. The old one's last too long.
c. They get washed away.
d. They are always different.
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