Oh, yeah! What a great idea! I'd say the age is right about perfect too. (Have a grandson, and was pondering his first 22LR as well. Thanks for posting this!)My friend has scoped his, but hadn't shot it when I last talked to him.
He told me he takes each of his grandchildren to a hardware store in our nearest small town when they turn 12 and lets them pick a 22 rifle. He said the first one got a Henry lever action and it shot so well that the others have picked Henrys also. Although the town's population is only 1600, that hardware store has an excellent rifle selection ---- especially 22s. I thought that was a pretty neat tradition.