Carlos García (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents) Carlos is the overprotective father of the four daughters in Julia Alvarez’s 1991 novel, “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” For political reasons, the García family is forced to flee to New York from the Dominican Republic and begin a new life. Carlos has difficulty accepting his lower position in society as he is forced to re-establish his medical profession while struggling to support his family in this new country. The daughters are maturing and assimilating into American culture while clashing with the “old country” customs and expectations. The girls clash with their father much in the same way that the two cultures are colliding in this coming of age story about acculturation.
Carlos (Don't Let It Go To Your Head) - a song by Pete Yorn
Carlos Rossi - a song by E-40 [explicit]
Carlos, Man of Love - a song by Rodney Carrington [explicit]
Don Carlos - an opera by Giuseppe Verdi
A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero (Gina Capaldi) - This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave. Adopted by an Italian photographer in 1871 and renamed Carlos Montezuma, the young boy traveled throughout the Old West, bearing witness to the prejudice against and poor treatment of Native Americans. Carlos eventually became a doctor and leader for his people, calling out for their rights. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Carlos and the Squash Plant / Carlos y la planta de calabaza (Jan Romero Stevens) - Set in northern New Mexico, young Carlos refuses to take a bath after his farm work each day, until a plant sprouts in his ear. Also in this delightful series of books are “Carlos and the Cornfield / Carlos y la milpa de maiz,” “Carlos and the Carnival / Carlos y La Feria” and “Carlos and the Skunk / Carlos y el zorrillo.” Recommended for ages 4-8.
Carlos Is Gonna Get It (Kevin Emerson) - The jungle of middle-school peer pressure is the setting of this gripping story about seventh-graders in Boston who gang up on their troubled classmate, Carlos. The story is told from the viewpoint of Trina, a nice, smart African American girl who does not want to hurt Carlos, but she cannot stand up to her friends who bully him. Then she is appointed to be his partner in a science project, and she learns his secrets, especially his fear of “aliens.” The class uses the information to plan a trick even as Trina discovers that she cares for Carlos. The author is a middle-grade teacher, and he perfectly captures the classroom power struggles of friends and enemies, as well as the terror of being an outsider if you don’t go along with the group. The dialogue is right on, as is the hurt of betrayal and the guilt that cannot be resolved. In the exciting climax, the class plays their prank during a lightning storm in the mountains, and the setting is part of the drama as a city kid discovers the sense of space on the mountaintop and the feeling of being a giant and a speck at the same time. Recommended for ages 9-13.
Write On, Carlos! (Stuart J. Murphy) - Part of the “I See I Learn” series, Write On, Carlos! Is an instructional children’s book that provides writing exercises along with cute illustrations. Making learning fun! Recommended for ages 4-7.
Famous People Named Carlos - Carlos Irwin Estévez (aka Charlie Sheen, actor); Carlos Gutierrez (politician/businessman); Carlos Mencia (comic/actor); Carlos Ray Norris (aka Chuck Norris, martial artist/actor); Carlos Watson (journalist); Carlos Gardel (prominent figure in tango music); Carlos Montoya (flamenco guitarist); Carlos Santana (musician); Carlos Pena, Jr. (singer/actor); Carlos Cavazo (guitarist in Quiet Riot); Carlos Zambrano (baseball player); Carlos Castaneda (author); Carlos Fuentes (author)
Famous People who Named their Son Carlos - Martin Sheen (actor)
Carlos, Prince of Asturias (8 Jul 1545 - 24 Jul 1568) - The story of Don Carlos is a tragic one. He was the eldest son of the King of Spain, but lost his mother a month after he was born. At one time he was betrothed to Elizabeth I of England. As a member of the royal House of Habsburg, Carlos may have been a victim of inbreeding as was common among monarch families. This may have led to some of his physical and psychological ailments. When he was 17, Carlos fell down a flight of stairs. He recovered after surgery, but suffered enough of a head injury to cause a change in his behavior. Carlos became wild and erratic, apparently making threats and causing friction. His father eventually had the boy imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement. Don Carlos tragically died six months later and his legend inspired a couple of great works of art. One was Friedrich Schiller’s 18th century historic tragedy “Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien” which, in turn, inspired Giuseppe Verdi’s five-act Grand Opera, “Don Carlos.”