"When the World Was Black and White" is a fun and fanciful story about a boy's mistaken understanding of the exciting invention of colour (photography). It ponders many of the key aspects of being human---especially what we perceive, how we communicate, how we adapt, and what we value. Many class discussions about understanding, misunderstanding, change, diversity, and equality have unfolded after sharing this story. Many bulletin boards have featured identical pairs of drawn, painted, or pastel pictures--one in full colour and the other identical but in black and white (pencil, Sharpie, or charcoal). Although set in an earlier time, the themes in this story are timeless and universal.