My nephew asked me to teach him about photography. He is 12 years old. He is in the sixth grade. He can operate a 35mm camera 90% by himself with only occasional help. We went out and spent a day on photo safari. I only had to help him 2 or 3 times in the four hours we were out. He knows what aperture and shutter speed settings are but he uses the camera on program-auto most of the time. I would rather he concentrated on focusing and handling the camera before I bog him down with those details too much. He has expressed a desire to turn off all the automatic exposure settings and operate the camera on full-manual. I will move him to manual when I think he's ready. (Pretty soon.) He can load and unload the film in the camera mostly by himself. I only stand by to supervise... just in case. He did reload the camera by himself without me being there one time. I would give him a 90% on film loading too. He understands that "wherever light touches film it turns black after you develop it." He can load film onto plastic reels and get it into the tank for developing without messing it up. I showed him how to do it with some practice film. He did it correctly while we had the lights on. He did it again with his eyes shut but with the lights still on. Then we did it a third time in the dark, still using practice film. Finally, after three practice runs, he did it with real film and had no problems doing it right the first time. He understands the developing process and can do it mostly by himself. I measure the chemistry and put the mixed solutions into marked plastic containers. He does the pouring and agitating. I help him remember what order to do it in and what the time is for each solution. I suppose I could put a chart on the wall. That's how I learned. I am just so used to doing it by memory I don't think of that but, if he's going to develop film on a regular basis I'm probably going to make a chart. He can operate the enlarger and develop a print by himself. I mix up the chemistry. He does the rest. Again, I should probably put a chart on the wall. The only thing about making prints that he needs supervision on is printing exposure but I can see he's figuring that out as we go along. So... The bottom line is that he is capable of making a photo, from camera to darkroom, mostly by himself if I supervise. I can't give him formal photography lessons. I don't have the time and he can only come to visit once every couple of weeks, at most. I thought I could get him a book to read but the only one I know that would be close to his level would be Horensten's book. However, I'm not sure that book would not be over his head. Personally, when I was that age I read books on that level all the time but I was an above average reader. Do you think that book would be appropriate or can you suggest another book that would be more appropriate for his level? TIA!